Taylor Swift’s Use Of Facial Recognition Sparks Future Privacy Concerns
When Rolling Stone revealed last year that Taylor Swift’s security team used facial recognition technology during her Reputation Tour to detect stalkers, a conversation about privacy concerns sparked across the country, but it turns out, consumers have a lot more to be worried about going forward. During Swift’s concert... Read more
Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland Ordered To Pay $3M To Former Investor
Entrapreneur Billy McFarland, the infamous leader behind 2017’s failed Fyre Festival, has been ordered to pay back $3 million to an investor who sponsored the event. Earlier this week, New York County Judge Joel H. Cohen handed out a default judgement in favor of EHL Funding, the defrauded investor,... Read more
Hawaii Moves To End Ticketmaster’s Exclusive Contracting Agreements
Hawaii natives have had enough of primary ticket sellers, exclusive contracts, and ticket hold backs; the state has now introduced legislation to prohibit it and put numerous consumer protections in place. If passed, the legislation would prohibit venues from entering into exclusive partnerships with ticket providers. These exclusive ticket contracts have been the disdain of performing... Read more
Poker Pro Sentenced To Prison For Super Bowl, World Cup Ticket Scam
A California poker pro, who pled guilty to running a ticket scheme and scamming investors out of more than $6 million in Super Bowl and World Cup tickets, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday. The 47-year-old from Aliso Viejo, Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli, ran a ticket... Read more
Investors Push For eBay To Cut Ties With StubHub, Focus On Marketplace
A pair of investors, who hold a large stake in eBay, urged the company to either sell or spin-off StubHub and its classifieds unit in order to shift focus onto its Marketplace. New York investors Elliot Management Corp. and Starboard Value LP called on eBay to cut ties with... Read more
Seat Scouts Hit With $4.5M Judgement in Broker Genius Trial
A New York jury found in favor of Broker Genius in its case against Seat Scouts on Wednesday, with Judge Sydney H. Stein ordering that Drew Gainor and Seat Scouts LLC must continue to refrain from making their Command Center product available to the market, following a preliminary injunction... Read more
Ticketmaster, Live Nation Battle Against Consumer Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster was revealed earlier this week after a customer accused the ticketing giant of intentional fraud and over-charging consumers. The lawsuit was filed by customer Allen Lee in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, brought by barristers Steve Berman and... Read more
TicketNetwork, Patch Launch Hyper-Local “Patch Tickets” Platform
TicketNetwork and Patch.com announced an agreement Thursday that will bring event tickets to the hyper-local news operation’s users in their various communities. The collaboration, which kicks off just as the peak ticket-purchasing period of the year kicks off, is branded as Patch Tickets, and will connect users to tickets... Read more
Viagogo Agrees to Settle with UK CMA, Adhere to New Market Rules
Viagogo has agreed to fall in line with new marketplace rules agreed to earlier in 2018 by other ticket resale marketplaces operating in the United Kingdom. viagogo issued a release announcing that a settlement had been reached with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which would avert further legal... Read more
Craig Carton Found Guilty on All Counts in Fraud Trial
Craig Carton was found guilty of all charges in a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, after less than a day of deliberation by members of the jury. The counts – which included securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud – could land the former sports talk radio... Read more