On Monday, the Department of Justice dismissed some criticism of its approval of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. “In sum,” reads the DOJ’s response to public comments, “the perpetual license of the Ticketmaster Host platform, the divestiture of Paciolan, and the conduct remedies will ensure that major concert venues will continue to receive the benefits of competition in the primary ticketing services market that otherwise would be lost as a result of the merger.”

With Monday’s response, the issue now goes to a U.S. District Court judge for consideration.

The DOJ had specific responses to the complaints brought by IMP (the DC promoter and owner of the 9:30 Club), Jam Productions, Jack Orbin (founder and president of Stone City Attractions), Middle East Restaurant, Inc. (which competes with Live Nation in Boston) and a handful of citizen complaints. The DOJ’s response to IMP was particularly pointed as it repeated criticized IMP’s analysis of the effects of the merger and even its calculation of Live Nation’s market share.

“In the United States' view,” reads the DOJ’s response, “IMP not only overstates the strength of Live Nation's promotion position, but may also overstate the significance of concert promotion to the overall market for primary ticketing services. IMP provides no evidence that decisions by venues in choosing a primary ticketing company will be driven solely or primarily or even significantly by the number of concerts promoted by the merged entity…The United States respectfully suggests that IMP's analysis of the market is too focused on IMP's own issues in competing with Live Nation in the amphitheater business to inform analysis of the merger's likely effects.”