Supreme Court Ruling May Open Ticketmaster to More Lawsuits
A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on a class-action lawsuit against Apple could mean trouble for Ticketmaster, according to analysis posted by several outlets. Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the four liberal-leaning justices in a 5-4 decision that the lawsuit – which claims Apple violates antitrust rules with... Read more
Legendary Actress, Musician Doris Day Dies at 97
Doris Day, the legendary 97-year-old actress and singer, has died this morning at her home in Carmel Valley, California, the Doris Day Animal Foundation announced. According to The Associated Press, she was surrounded by her close friends when she died. “Day had been in excellent physical health for her... Read more
Eventbrite Targeted by Class Action Lawsuits After Huge Stock Drop
After a poor first quarter earnings report after business hours on May 1, Eventbrite (NYSE: EB) saw share prices plummet by 30%, precipitating a trio of class action lawsuits announced on Monday afternoon. The complaints were filed by The Schall Law Firm of California, Vincent Wong, Esq. of New... Read more
Joe Meli, Cousin Face Charges Over Alleged Ticket Resale Fraud
Joe Meli, already in prison after entering a guilty plea to a ticket resale Ponzi scheme in 2017, is facing new charges in New York that he participated in a similar scheme following his arrest. The SEC and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that... Read more
Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Canceled
Update (as of April 29): Woodstock 50 organizers deny that the festival has been outright cancelled, telling the Poughkeepsie Journal “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought.” (as of April 30): Founder Michael Lang revealed that the festival is not canceled, noting that... Read more
Glastonbury Festival Tickets Sell Out After Resale
England’s Glastonbury Festival is returning this summer after a year off, and when resale tickets went on sale yesterday, tickets sold out in just a mere 23 minutes. The festival previously announced that it was shutting down legal resale in favor of a capped marketplace. Festivalgoers had to secure... Read more
Texas Family Charged With Fraud for Masters Tournament Scheme
Four individuals from one family in Texas have been charged in a scheme to purchase tickets the Masters Tournament in Georgia and then resell the pricey passes on the resale market, according to the Augusta Chronicle. Stephen Michael Freeman of Katy, TX is charged with conspiracy to commit mail... Read more
Australian Federal Court Rules Viagogo Misleads Consumers
Australia’s Federal Court has ruled that secondary ticketing platform Viagogo has misled consumers by marking itself as an official ticket seller, overstating the scarcity of tickets available for events, and hiding service fees in an attempt to spur purchases, according to multiple sources. Those findings follow the Australian Competition... Read more
European Union Adds Ticket Broker Disclosure, Bans “Bots”
The EU Parliament has taken a position that will ban the use of automated software programs (“ticket bots”) in the purchase of event tickets, siding with the promoter and artist lobby in declaring such practices to be a bane on the consumer. The position, which could be adopted in... Read more
Ontario Scraps Ticket Resale Price Caps, Adds Transparency Requirements
The conservative government in Ontario has scrapped a proposed price cap on ticket resale in the province, officially killing the provision of the Ticket Sales Act it had put on pause upon its election last summer. The government said in its new budget that the price cap – proposed... Read more