$6.5 Million Class-Action Suit Over Ticketmaster Data Breach Filed
A law firm in the UK has launched a $6.5 million lawsuit against Ticketmaster over the massive data breach that took place in the summer of 2018, according to multiple media outlets. The claim was launched in Liverpool on behalf of over 650 clients among the estimated 40,000 users... Read more
Taylor Swift’s Tour Saw 20K Tickets Given Away for One Show
Some 20,000 tickets were given away to fill seats at a May stop on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour a year ago, according to numbers that have come to light due to a feud between the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the San Francisco 49ers organization over the operation of... Read more
StubHub Names Arnie Katz Chief Product & Technology Officer
StubHub has appointed three new members to its leadership team: Arnie Katz, vice president and chief product and technology officer; Miguel Giribet Giral as vice president of global eCommerce; and Stephanie Burns, vice president and general counsel. The new executive talent brings decades of combined business and eCommerce experience,... Read more
More Than A Dozen Injured At Vigil for Late Rapper Nipsey Hussle
At a memorial to honor the late rapper Nipsey Hussle late last night in Los Angeles, 19 people were injured after something caused the crowd to break out into a stampede, causing chaos and panic. A group of 300 people were gathered around a candlelight memorial vigil for Hussle... Read more
Texas Fans Gripe After Mobile-Entry Delays at Opening Day
Baseball fans in Texas are griping after Thursday’s opening day at Globe Life Park saw major entry delays, causing the stadium to appear empty – despite an announced sellout – until well after the first pitch. EDIT: Apparently the delays stretched far beyond Texas. Deadspin.com has a roundup on... Read more
Fyre Fest Merchandise Will Be Auctioned To Pay Off Billy McFarland’s Debts
Although Billy McFarland is currently in jail for scamming thousands of people during the failed Fyre Festival, his victims are still yet to be paid. To help pay back some of McFarland’s debts, Fyre Fest merchandise will be up-for-grabs. The United States Marshals Service of Manhattan will auction off... Read more
StubHub Hires New Head of International As Business Expands Globally
The e-Bay owned secondary ticketing site StubHub announced today that Miguel Giribet Giral has been appointed as the Head of International as the company continues its expansion worldwide. Giral, formerly the the Chief Commercial Officer of the international fashion outlet Privalia, will be based in Madrid and work toward... Read more
“Dynamic Barcode” System Set to Roll Out Despite Consumer Concerns
A new “dynamic barcode” mobile-only ticketing system is raising questions of consumer freedom and discrimination as it is prepped for a trial in at least three venues using Ticketmaster as their ticketing provider. Outlined on a Ticketmaster website page touting “The Newest Way to Use Your Mobile Ticket,” the... Read more
New York Campaign Donations Raise Impartiality, Legality Questions
Three years ago, there was a minor media frenzy related to then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and some large donations made to his campaign from private equity executive Robert Smith and his wife Hope. Smith, who is the CEO of Vista Equity Partners, donated $65,000 to Schneiderman’s 2018... Read more
Rhode Island AG Sides with Venues Over Consumers on Resale Law
In announcing his opposition to a bill being considered by Rhode Island’s legislature removing antiquated resale restrictions for event tickets in the state, new Attorney General Peter Neronha has cast his support for a system that requires consumers to take a loss on any tickets to events they cannot... Read more