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RazorGator sued by Texas ticket broker over Olympics tickets payments

By Alfred Branch Jr.

The Beijing Olympics may have ended in August, but the Games continue to play out in U.S. courts.

Claiming the company reneged on tens of thousands of dollars in payments for fulfilling orders, Texas ticket broker Andrew Hentrich, owner of the Austin Ticket Company, is suing RazorGator for alleged breach of contract.

RazorGator, the nation's sixth-largest secondary ticket company according to TicketNews, contracted with Hentrich's firm to fill hundreds of orders customers placed with RazorGator for hard-to-get Olympics tickets, which Hentrich successfully did.

But, RazorGator has yet to compensate Hentrich.

According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Austin, TX, "Defendant [RazorGator] would pay plantiff [Austin Ticket Co.] 50% of all net revenues received by the Company arising out of the Company's sales of Tickets to the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and reimburse plaintiff for all reasonable expenses incurred in connection with his performance. Plaintiff has performed its contractual obligations. Defendant, however, has not performed its contractual obligations. Specifically, defendant has not reimbursed plaintiff for the reasonable expenses incurred as a result of the contract. Defendant's nonperformance constitutes a breach of the parties' agreement."

Hentrich is seeking damages in excess of $230,000 in addition to lost profits, "consequential damages resulting from defendant's breach," attorney fees and interest, among other items. Neither Hentrich nor a RazorGator spokesperson would comment on the case.

The lawsuit is just the latest in a string of legal matters involving tickets for the Beijing Games, all of which, interestingly, have Texas roots. Houston lawyer James Moriarty, who was allegedly scammed by a British company out of Olympics tickets, is the lead attorney in a separate class action lawsuits against Canadian company Roadtrips.com and Houston brokerage On Point Sports for allegedly not delivering on several ticket orders.

In addition, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit against Austin-based Ticket City for allegedly not delivering on a ticket order from at least one individual.

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