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CNN —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and nearly two dozen Democrats pressed the Justice Department on Thursday to launch an industry-wide investigation into Big Oil for alleged collusion and price fixing. The lawmakers urged the DOJ to investigate the oil industry, “hold accountable any liable actors” and halt illegal activity. Last week, congressional Democrats launched an investigation into whether other US oil companies colluded with each other and OPEC. Regulators cited hundreds of text messages Sheffield exchanged with OPEC officials discussing pricing, production and oil market dynamics. “The strategy appears to have worked,” Schumer and his colleagues wrote to the DOJ.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, General Merrick Garland, Schumer, , , Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Dick Durbin, Scott Sheffield, Sheffield “, ” Schumer, Sherman, Sheffield, ” Sheffield Organizations: CNN, Justice Department, Big Oil, Democrats, DOJ, Big, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Sheffield, Pioneer Natural Resources, OPEC, Pioneer Locations: Texas, Sens
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said it is "likely the world's largest botnet ever." The botnet hacked into over 19 million IP addresses in nearly 200 countries, the DOJ announcement said. In particular, the botnet targeted Covid relief programs and filed an estimated 560,000 false unemployment insurance claims, stealing $5.9 billion. The DOJ partnered with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies internationally to dismantle the botnet and arrest Wang. The charges come as U.S. law enforcement agencies try to update protocols to keep up with more sophisticated cybersecurity threats.
Persons: Wang, Christopher Wray, S, Axelrod, they're, Wray Organizations: US Department of Justice, Department of Justice, DOJ, Federal Bureau of, FBI, Export Enforcement, U.S . Department of Commerce's, of Industry, Security, Treasury Department, Treasury, Code, Tulip Biz, Company, Lily Suites Company Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, China
Wu-Tang Clan first announced in March 2014 that it would produce one copy of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” to be sold to the highest bidder. The album came in a hand-carved box with a leather-bound book of parchment paper containing lyrics and its backstory. The Wu-Tang Clan originated as a group of rappers from Staten Island, New York in the 1990s. In 2015, notorious “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli bagged the album for about $2 million – making it the world’s most expensive music album ever sold at the time. In 2021, the US Justice Department then sold the album without disclosing the buyer.
Persons: CNN —, , Wu, Jarrod Rawlins, , ” Rawlins, Tang, ” Wu, Robert “ RZA ” Diggs, Forbes, RZA, Tang Clan, Bob Berg, Pharma Bro ” Martin Shkreli, Shkreli, Jon Lynn, PleasrDAO Organizations: CNN, Museum, Mona, Tang Clan, Pharma, America ”, Turing Pharmaceuticals, US Justice Department, DoJ, New Art Digital, New York Times Locations: Tang, Tasmania, Staten Island , New York, Shkreli, America
SeatGeek CEO Groetzinger on Live Nation suit
  + stars: | 2024-05-28 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSeatGeek CEO Groetzinger on Live Nation suitJack Groetzinger, SeatGeek co-founder and CEO, joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss his take on the DOJ suing Live Nation over alleged antitrust violations, their business model, SeatGeek's presence in Europe, and more.
Persons: Groetzinger, Jack Groetzinger, SeatGeek Organizations: DOJ Locations: Europe
The DOJ secured the agreements with Arthur Grand Technologies Inc., an information technology services firm, earlier this month. The job ad said it was after "only US-born citizens [white] who are local within 60 miles from Dallas, TX." Arthur Grand apologized and said that an employee added discriminatory language to the listing and published it without authorization. AdvertisementAs part of its settlement with the Justice Department, Arthur Grand will pay the US Treasury a civil penalty of $7,500 and implement comprehensive training for its staff on INA compliance. Last month, Business Insider reported on a study that showed CVs with Black-sounding names are less likely to get callbacks.
Persons: , Arthur Grand, Kristen Clarke, Michele Hodge, OpenAI, Arthur Grand didn't Organizations: Service, US Department of Justice, DOJ, Arthur Grand Technologies Inc, Immigration, Business, Department, Department of Labor's, LinkedIn, Justice Department, Labor, Justice Department's Civil, Division, US Treasury, INA, Labor Department, Bloomberg Locations: Virginia, Dallas , TX
Marjorie Taylor Greene seems even thirstier for attention than usual. Days later Ms. Greene dialed up the lunacy, claiming knowledge of a deep state plot to assassinate Donald Trump. “The Biden DOJ and FBI were planning to assassinate Pres Trump and gave the green light. Ms. Greene was just running wild with new details about the government’s 2022 efforts to recover the piles of documents Mr. Trump hoarded at Mar-a-Lago and spinning out a bonkers conspiracy theory. For weeks this spring, her threats against Mr. Johnson had reporters swarming all over her like flies on … honey.
Persons: Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jasmine Crockett, Greene, Donald Trump, , Pres Trump, Trump, Greene’s, Mike Johnson, MAGA, Johnson Organizations: Democratic, Biden DOJ, FBI Locations: Georgia, Mar
Lin Rui-siang stands accused of running a $100 million dark web drug market, attempting to blackmail its users, and instructing others on how to evade anti-money-laundering investigators. Federal prosecutors say that he owned and operated Incognito Market, a dark web drug market selling heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, and other illicit substances. The DoJ said Lin used the pseudonyms "Pharoah" and "faro." The indictment claims that Lin closed the drug marketplace in or around March, and that he refused to return money stored in the "bank" to vendors and customers. The outlet said that "Pharoah" posted on a dark web market forum that its aim was to help users evade anti-money-laundering investigators.
Persons: , Lin Rui, siang, Lin, John F, Lucia, Edward A, Caban Organizations: Service, Business, Department of Justice, Kennedy, WIRED, St, Lucia Police, Lucia Police Force, DoJ, Justice Department, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Food, Drug, Criminal Investigations, New York Police Department, NYPD Locations: Royal, faro
The Week That Was: DOJ sues Live Nation
  + stars: | 2024-05-24 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe Week That Was: DOJ sues Live NationCNBC's Dominic Chu looks back at the week's top business and financial stories.
Persons: Dominic Chu Organizations: DOJ
“It is time to break it up.”It is difficult to overstate just how thoroughly Live Nation, which acquired Ticketmaster more than a decade ago, controls live entertainment in America. Through Ticketmaster, Live Nation controls 80% of venues’ primary ticketing for concerts. There’s a fine line between vertical integration and all-out monopoly, and Live Nation is, at minimum, very clearly toeing it. Artists, fans and venues have been complaining about Live Nation and Ticketmaster pretty much since they agreed to merge in 2009. Live Nation, Wolfson said, is likely to come out swinging.
Persons: CNN Business ’, Caitlin Clark, wasn’t, General Merrick Garland, Swift, Taylor, Sen, Richard Blumenthal, Garland, Swiftie, ” Adam Wolfson, Quinn Emanuel, Eventbrite, Wolfson, … we’re, there’s Organizations: CNN Business, New York CNN, Justice Department, Ticketmaster, DOJ, Artists, Senate, Democrats Locations: New York, United States, America, North America,
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDOJ's Doha Mekki on suing Live Nation over exerting 'monopoly power' on live music industryDoha Mekki, DOJ principal deputy assistant attorney general for the antitrust division, joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss how much prices would come down if the DOJ is successful in its lawsuit against Live Nation, how much of the case is focused on the fan or artist, and more.
Organizations: Doha Mekki, DOJ, Live
What the major Ticketmaster lawsuit means for you
  + stars: | 2024-05-23 | by ( Brian Fung | )   time to read: +4 min
But the Department of Justice says those complaints are just the symptom of a more fundamental problem with Live Nation. Live Nation, for its part, says even if the lawsuit succeeds, it won’t lead to cheaper ticket prices. An uncertain path forwardTo fix the issue, regulators say Live Nation must be broken up. But based on past criticism of Live Nation, one possible outcome at a minimum could be a spinoff of Ticketmaster. Better customer serviceComplaints about Ticketmaster and Live Nation are nothing new.
Persons: , , General Merrick Garland, General Merrick Garland Kent Nishimura, haven’t, Taylor Swift, Swift Organizations: CNN, Ticketmaster, of Justice, U.S, Antitrust, Justice, , DOJ, Consumer, Nation Locations: New York
Washington CNN —The US government and dozens of states sued Live Nation in a groundbreaking antitrust lawsuit on Thursday, alleging that for years the parent company of Ticketmaster abused its industry dominance to harm concertgoers nationwide. It is time to break up Live Nation-Ticketmaster.”In a statement, Live Nation called the DOJ’s allegations “baseless.”“The DOJ’s lawsuit won’t solve the issues fans care about relating to ticket prices, service fees, and access to in-demand shows,” Live Nation said in a statement. The lawsuit highlights how regulators now believe, more than a decade on, that the behavioral modifications Live Nation agreed to have failed. According to the lawsuit, Live Nation directly manages more than 400 artists, controls around 60% of concert promotions at major concert venues across the country, and controls more than 265 concert venues in North America. And through Ticketmaster, the suit says, Live Nation controls roughly 80% or more of major concert venues’ primary ticketing for concerts.
Persons: Taylor Swift’s, , General Merrick Garland, Swift, Robert Smith, Zach Bryan, Minnesota Democratic Sen, Amy Klobuchar, Connecticut Democratic Sen, Richard Blumenthal, Klobuchar, Blumenthal, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Biden, ramping Organizations: Washington CNN, Ticketmaster, Justice Department, Prosecutors, , , DOJ, Regulators, Minnesota Democratic, Connecticut Democratic, Texas Republican, District of Columbia, Court, Southern, of Locations: New York, United States, Texas Republican Sens, North America, Arizona , Arkansas , California , Colorado , Connecticut, Florida , Illinois, Maryland , Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota , Nevada , New Hampshire , New Jersey , New York, North Carolina , Ohio , Oklahoma , Oregon , Pennsylvania, Rhode Island , South Carolina , Tennessee , Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia , Wisconsin , Wyoming, of New York
Julia Nikhinson | ReutersDischarging student debt in bankruptcy is now easierThe new guidance has already led to changes. In the first 10 months of the Biden administration's more lenient process, student borrowers filed more than 630 bankruptcy cases, a "significant increase" from recent years, it reported last year. Many borrowers are 'not aware' of changesYet Warren says more work still needs to be done. "More than 43 million borrowers in the United States carry a total of $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, and more than 2 million borrowers have been repaying those loans for at least 20 years," Warren and Whitehouse wrote. "DOJ and ED must work harder to encourage borrowers to seek relief — and deliver on that relief when requested," they added.
Persons: Elizabeth Warren, Julia Nikhinson, Biden, I've, Neu, Warren, Whitehouse Organizations: Intelligence, U.S, Capitol, CNBC, DOJ, The, of Justice and Education Department Locations: Washington, Seattle, United States
CNN —A doping case involving 23 Chinese swimmers took a diplomatic twist on Wednesday after US lawmakers called on the US Department of Justice and the International Olympic Committee to launch inquiries into the controversy. The Chinese swimmers tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned performance-enhancing substance, several months before the Tokyo Olympics – a tournament at which they were allowed to compete in, and went on to win medals at, according to a report from the New York Times released in coordination with German public broadcaster ARD. In a statement released Wednesday, the lawmakers called for an assessment as to whether the alleged doping was “state-sponsored,” adding that could warrant further diplomatic measures by the United States and the international community. CNN has reached out to the Department of Justice, the IOC and WADA for comment. Trimetazidine has the potential to boost endurance and has been banned by WADA since 2014.
Persons: , Raja Krishnamoorthi, John Moolenaar, WADA, , ” WADA, Sarah Hirshland, Witold Banka, , Trimetazidine, CHINADA Organizations: CNN, US Department of Justice, International Olympic Committee, Tokyo, New York Times, ARD, Olympic, Chinese Communist Party, Doping Agency, Department of Justice, IOC, European Medicines Agency, EMA, Canadian Olympic Committee, Paralympic, , CHINADA, Xinhua Locations: People’s Republic of China, Russia, United States, Paris, China, , trimetazidine
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to break up Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, over alleged antitrust violations. "The DOJ's complaint attempts to portray Live Nation and Ticketmaster as the cause of fan frustration with the live entertainment industry. Live Nation and Ticketmaster merged in 2010, creating a dominant entity in the live event industry. Through Ticketmaster, Live Nation controls roughly 80% or more of major concert venues' primary ticketing for concerts, the complaint said. Live Nation earlier this month reported its "biggest Q1 ever," citing first-quarter revenue that was up 21% from the prior-year period.
Persons: Taylor, General Merrick Garland, Dan Wall, Taylor Swift Organizations: U.S . Department of Justice, Ticketmaster, DOJ, The Justice Department, Southern, of, Oak View, Nation, Live Locations: United States, North America, U.S, of New York
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailLive Nation President Berchtold: We don't see enough profitability to sustain a monopoly as DOJ saysLive Nation President Joe Berchtold and CNBC's Julia Boorstin join 'Closing Bell' to discuss the DOJ's lawsuit against the company.
Persons: Berchtold, Joe Berchtold, Julia Boorstin Organizations: DOJ
Snowflake : The data cloud company shares fell nearly 3% despite a revenue beat and a good guide. However, the revenue guidance was a little light. Live Nation : The Justice Department and 30 states are suing Live Nation, looking to break up Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Cramer countered that, saying VF Corp is selling a lot of products and clearing lots of inventory. He added the story at the company is not as negative as the stock, which has dropped 36% in 2024.
Persons: Jim Cramer's, Jim Cramer, Ralph Lauren, Cramer, That's, Taylor, Williams Organizations: CNBC, Club, Nvidia, Paris, The Justice Department, Ticketmaster, DOJ, VF Corp
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWashington D.C. Attorney General explains why he's joining the DOJ suit against Live NationHosted by Brian Sullivan, “Last Call” is a fast-paced, entertaining business show that explores the intersection of money, culture and policy. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC.
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Scottie Scheffler arrives to the course during the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 17, 2024. Detective Bryan Gillis "should have turned on his body-worn camera but did not," Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said at a press conference. The footage came from a pole camera and a police car dashboard camera. Some legal analysts expected the press conference to announce the reduction of felony charges against Scheffler. Scheffler's lawyer, Steven Romines, after the press conference said, "Scottie Scheffler didn't do anything wrong."
Persons: Scottie Scheffler, Ben Jared, Bryan Gillis, Jacquelyn Gwinn, Villaroel, Craig Greenberg, Gillis, Greenberg, Timothy D, Steven Romines, Romines, it'll, Scottie, Breonna Taylor, Taylor's, George Floyd, LMPD, Scheffler, , abrasions, Ted Scott Organizations: PGA, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville, Louisville Police, Easley, AP Louisville, Scheffler, Police, of Justice, Louisville police, DOJ, Valhalla Golf Locations: Louisville , Kentucky, Louisville, Ky, Minneapolis
download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Over a year after Ticketmaster crashed, preventing rabid Taylor Swift fans from purchasing tickets to her concert tour, the DOJ has announced an antitrust lawsuit against Ticketmaster's parent company, Live Nation Entertainment. Advertisement"This has given Live Nation and Ticketmaster the opportunity to freeze innovation and bend the industry to their own benefit. The lawsuit comes after Ticketmaster fumbled a pre-sale event in late 2022 for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour as fans competed with bots for a limited number of tickets. AdvertisementIn response to the antitrust suit, Live Nation said that "calling Ticketmaster a monopoly may be a PR win for the DOJ in the short term, but it will lose in court."
Persons: , Taylor Swift, Merrick Garland, Taylor, Swift Organizations: Service, Ticketmaster, DOJ, Entertainment, Business, Justice Department, Department
This Trump fundraising email will shock you
  + stars: | 2024-05-22 | by ( Zachary B. Wolf | )   time to read: +6 min
CNN —Followers of former President Donald Trump were meant to be startled when they were sent an email Tuesday, addressed from “President Trump,” with this arresting subject line:“They were authorized to shoot me!”The preview line in the email did not back down. The judge, Beryl Howell, cited the discovery of additional documents with classified markings found in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago bedroom months after the FBI search. Trump is a master sensationalist, so place the email subject line where he says he’s in physical harm within his oeuvre of over-the-top and untrue allegations. How to get people to open fundraising emailsThe email address where I get fundraising pitches from politicians received seven such messages from Trump on Tuesday. Trump’s allegations about the FBI document were not just contained in the fundraising email.
Persons: Donald Trump, “ President Trump, Trump, Trump’s, Tierney Sneed, Katelyn Polantz, Holmes Lybrand, Hannah Rabinowitz, Stephen D’Antuono, , ” D’Antuono, ” Trump, Beryl Howell, “ I’ve, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Biden’s, Hunt, Joe Biden’s, JOE BIDEN, Juan Merchan Organizations: CNN, , DOJ, Mar, Trump, Justice Department, FBI, Secret Service, Capitol, Service, Biden, Joe Biden’s DOJ, FORCE, New Locations: Lago, Washington, Washington ,, Trump’s Mar, Las Vegas, London, Manhattan, Mar, New York
The company was responding to a civil lawsuit filed against American Airlines claiming the girl, listed as Mary Doe, was “secretly filmed while using the airplane toilet” during an American Airlines flight in January 2023. A former American Airlines flight attendant, Estes Carter Thompson, 37, who federal investigators say secretly recorded several minors while they used the bathroom on different American Airlines flights last year, is also named in the lawsuit filed in Texas. American Airlines initially argued that the girl was at fault and negligent because she used a lavatory “she knew or should have known contained a visible and illuminated recording device.”In response to CNN’s request for comment on Monday’s filing, American Airlines said the filing was made in error by outside counsel retained by the airline’s insurance company. “The included defense is not representative of our airline, and we have directed it be amended this morning,” American Airlines said in a statement Wednesday. “They should never have taken such an outrageous position in the first place.”Llewellyn called American Airlines’ legal strategy “depraved” and “shocking.”“Instead of taking responsibility for this awful event, American Airlines is actually blaming our daughter for being filmed,” the child’s mother said in a statement.
Persons: Mary Doe, , Estes Carter Thompson, Paul Llewellyn, ” Llewellyn, , Thompson, Jane Doe Organizations: CNN, American Airlines, Airlines, DOJ, Department of Justice, Plaintiff Locations: Texas, Austin , Texas, Los Angeles , California, Massachusetts, Boston, North Carolina, Charlotte , North Carolina, Boston , Massachusetts
CNN —House Republicans will take their first step towards holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress on Thursday for refusing to turn over the audio recordings of special counsel Robert Hur’s interviews with President Joe Biden. The House Oversight and Judiciary committees will each hold markups on their respective reports recommending a contempt of Congress resolution against Garland for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena. If passed out of the committees, the resolutions would next go to the House floor for a vote by the whole chamber. While Hur’s probe led to no charges against the president, Republicans have seized on Hur’s description of Biden as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” in his final report. DOJ has also outlined distinct privacy concerns related to an audio recording of an interview compared to a written transcript, and how the release of such an audio file could dissuade cooperation from future witnesses in criminal investigations.
Persons: General Merrick Garland, Robert Hur’s, Joe Biden, Garland, Hur, Biden, Mark Zwonitzer, Carlos Uriarte, ” Uriarte, , , Donald Trump Organizations: CNN — House Republicans, of Justice, Republicans, CNN, DOJ, House Republicans, Republican, ” Republicans Locations: New York City
The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the indictment of two brothers for allegedly stealing $25 million in cryptocurrency within roughly 12 seconds. DOJ called it a "first-of-its kind" fraud, detailing the seconds-long scheme where the brothers allegedly manipulated the Ethereum blockchain to redirect pending transactions and steal $25 million. "As we allege, the defendants' scheme calls the very integrity of the blockchain into question," said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York in a statement. Anton Peraire-Bueno, 24, and James Pepaire-Bueno, 28, were arrested on Tuesday for charges of wire fraud and money laundering. The Pepaire-Bueno brothers studied math and computer science "at one of the most prestigious universities in the country," according to the DOJ.
Persons: Damian Williams, Anton Peraire, James Pepaire, Bueno Organizations: Justice, Wednesday, DOJ, Southern, of Locations: cryptocurrency, of New York
Read previewBoeing could face criminal charges after the Justice Department determined the planemaker violated a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). The DPA, reached in 2021, meant Boeing didn't face charges related to the deaths of 346 people in two 737 Max 8 crashes in 2018 and 2019. AdvertisementIt added: "For failing to fulfill completely the terms of and obligations under the DPA, Boeing is subject to prosecution by the United States." AdvertisementThe Justice Department is continuing to meet with the families of victims of the 2018 and 2019 crashes, as it determines whether to bring charges against Boeing. The Justice Department told the court it will decide whether to prosecute Boeing by July 7.
Persons: , Max, Robert Clifford Organizations: Service, Justice Department, DPA, Boeing, Business, Alaska Airlines, DoJ, BI, Department, Ethiopian Locations: United States, Alaska
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