RazorGator has instructed its legal team to review the possibility of countersuing Texas ticket broker Andrew Hentrich, and his firm Austin Ticket Company, which last month sued RazorGator for alleged breach of contract over payments for Olympic ticket orders.
RazorGator did not disclose a time frame for the company might file its lawsuit against Hentrich, nor did the company offer details on the grounds for which it might sue. But, judging from its statement, the company does not believe Hentrich fulfilled his part of the deal concerning tickets to the Beijing Olympics in August.
“RazorGator has been partnering with independent ticket vendors across the country for many years. We only maintain relationships with partners who share our commitment to providing our customers with a 100 percent guarantee for any products purchased from RazorGator,” company CEO Jeff Lapin said in a statement.
“Mr. Hentrich has not lived up to that commitment in his relationship with RazorGator. We intend to both pursue our case against Mr. Hentrich and vigorously defend against Mr. Hentrich’s claims,” he added.
Based on his lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Austin, TX, Hentrich claims RazorGator was going to pay him “50% of all net revenues received by the Company arising out of the Company’s [RazorGator’s] sales of Tickets to the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and reimburse plaintiff for all reasonable expenses incurred in connection with his performance.” The lawsuit goes on to say that Hentrich “performed its contractual obligations,” but RazorGator “has not performed its contractual obligations” by not reimbursing him for what he considered reasonable expenses.
When reached by TicketNews today, November 4, Hentrich said it was “unfortunate they would take that route” of possibly countersuing him, but added that RazorGator had threatened to sue him while he and his lawyer were negotiating with the company for a possible settlement. The two sides have been talking on and off since the end of August after the Olympics concluded, he said. Hentrich declined to offer details on how many Olympic tickets he sold for RazorGator, but his lawsuit is seeking damages and other costs in excess of $230,000.
“I would like to see us come up with some kind of amicable resolution over this,” he said. “I simply want to recover the money I laid out of pocket for this. There’s no profit in this for me.”
Due to tight controls imposed by the Chinese government over tickets to the Beijing Olympics, brokers had a tough time obtaining, reselling and delivering tickets to some fans, which led to other lawsuits. In addition, there were several alleged scams that bilked fans out of thousands of dollars.