Swifties Drop Federal Class Action Suit Against Live Nation

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The lead plaintiff in a federal class-action against Live Nation launched in the aftermath of the Taylor Swift “Eras Tour” on-sale fiasco dropped the suit Thursday.

Representatives for Michelle Sterloff filed for a voluntary dismissal of the suit December 12, nearly a year after the claim was filed in the U.S. District Court for Central California.

The lawsuit alleged Ticketmaster was in violation of federal antitrust and competition laws and intentionally misled would-be ticketbuyers ahead of the on-sale.

“Ticketmaster intentionally and purposefully misled millions of fans into believing it would prevent bots and scalpers from participating in the presales. However, millions of fans were unable to purchase tickets during the TaylorSwiftTix Presale and the Capital One Presale, due in large part to unprecedented website traffic caused by Ticketmaster allowing 14 million unverified Ticketmaster users and a ‘staggering’ number of bots to participate in the presales,” the lawsuit alleged.

In August, the sides agreed to stay the case until the end of January while settlement negotiations continued. It’s unknown if a settlement was reached.

Live Nation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.