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US Opened Live Nation Probe Before Taylor Swift Ticket Fiasco

  • DOJ investigation is separate from ongoing monitoring of site
  • Senate plans December hearing on ticketing giant complaints
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The Justice Department is probing Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and its Ticketmaster unit over whether the entertainment giant is abusing its power over the live music industry, three people familiar with the investigation said. 

The probe comes amid a debacle for the ticketing giant, which was forced to cancel public sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour after its site crashed earlier in the week during massive presale demand.