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The London Olympics are less than a year away, and the city's Metropolitan Police force already has made more than 90 ticket-related arrests as part of its Operation Podium fraud investigation program.
Police said this week that the arrests were designed to send a message that nefarious activity around the Olympics will be thoroughly investigated.
The owners of an independent promotions company are suing Live Nation for alleged strong-arm tactics that led to the owners losing a contract with the New Jersey State Fair.
Thomas Dorfman and Chris Barrett, owners of Juice Entertainment, LLC, claim that Live Nation "repeatedly made defamatory statements" about Juice Entertainment and coerced artists not to play at this year's fair.
Ticket resale marketplace StubHub is being sued by a New Jersey man who claims he bought a ticket from the site to see the Stone Temple Pilots, but was refused entry to the event.
Joseph Fabozzi alleges that he was not admitted to the July 26, 2011, concert at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, because the venue said his ticket had already been used.
Ticketmaster is doubling the amount it initially set aside to settle a class action lawsuit over certain fees, after a judge rejected a proposed settlement earlier this year.
The company will pay a minimum of $45 million in the form of credits on future ticket purchases by class members. The class includes consumers who purchased tickets from Ticketmaster.com between October 21, 1999, and October 19, 2011.
Fan groups and legislators are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider the NFL's home-game blackout rule. The policy denies people from watching games on local television when the home team does not sell all of its tickets.
Since 1973, the NFL has stipulated that a game that has not sold out at least 72 hours before its start time cannot be televised in the local market. A Washington, DC-based lobbying group, the Sports Fans Coalition, along with other public policy groups and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), has petitioned the FCC to repeal the rule.
Ticket resale marketplace StubHub argued before the North Carolina Court of Appeals on December 1 that the company did not violate former state scalping laws when a couple paid above face value for "Hannah Montana" tickets on the site in 2007.
Greensboro, NC, residents Jeffrey and Lisa Hill paid $149 apiece for four tickets to the November 2007 concert, but the face value of each ticket was $56. The purchase price totaled $667.55, including $59.60 in fees and $11.95 for shipping.
Concert promoters and artist managers in the United Kingdom are calling on the country's culture secretary to back a proposal that would cap resold ticket profits at 10 percent above face value.
The plan was initially proposed in Parliament earlier this year by member Sharon Hodgson, but it has since languished.
Having received a ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court on certain questions in the case, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals this week dismissed the city of Chicago's amusement tax collection lawsuit against StubHub.
A lower court had dismissed the case last year, at which point the city appealed to the 7th Circuit Court. The circuit court then asked the state Supreme Court to interpret certain questions surrounding Illinois' legislative laws, and the Supreme Court handed down their ruling last month.
The Quebec government has passed a strict new ticket resale law designed to make it more difficult for ticket brokers to resell tickets above face value.
The new law, Bill 25, calls for brokers to obtain permission from a content provider — such as a sports team, concert promoter or venue — before they can resell that provider's tickets above face value.
The Florida legislature has begun discussions on a proposed bill that regulates the sale of paperless tickets and makes the ticket sale process more transparent.
The proposed bill prohibits an initial ticket seller from using any type of technological means that would have the "effect of prohibiting or restricting the resale of event tickets," such as restricted paperless ticketing. Initial ticket sellers would also be prohibited from restricting resale or punishing someone for reselling a ticket.