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Live Nation Wins Ticketing Patent Infringement Lawsuit

TYLER, TX (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A federal jury has decided in favor of Live Nation in a case brought against the promoter alleging patent violations in technology to reserve specific seats at events.

The jury in Tyler, Texas took nine hours to reach a decision in the case, which had been brought against Live Nation and Continental Airlines by lawyers repping Closely held Ceats Inc.

Closely held Ceats operates an online licensing program that allows users to choose specific seats at an event and charges a royalty rate of 50 cents for each event ticket.

Also named in the suit were Live Nation's secondary ticketing site TicketsNow, as well as TicketNetwork and airlines airlines owned by AirTran Holdings Inc., Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK), Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU), U.S. Airways Inc., and Virgin America Inc, Bloomberg reported. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers