eBay Fined by Australian Regulator Over NRL Grand Finals Tickets
Marketplace giant eBay was hit with a major fine and other infringement notices by trading regulators in Australia, according to multiple reports. The company ran afoul of regulators over regulations capping the asking price for tickets being resold in New South Wales, with NSW Fair Trading reportedly finding multiple... Read more
D.C.’s Nationals Park Permitted to Operate Concerts Through 2023
A long-time dispute, spanning 14 years, between the District of Columbia and Events DC which operates the Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. has been temporarily settled by an extension of a temporary permit to operate live events through the end of 2023. Opened in 2008, the stadium was operating... Read more
Antitrust Institute Plans D.C. Talk on Ticketing “Competition Issues”
The American Antitrust Institute has announced plans for an October event where experts will explore the modern ticketing ecosystem, and propose solutions to some of the major consumer problems it contains. The in-person roundtable will feature remarks from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and a panel discussion before closing... Read more
Vivid Seats Client Settles Refund Lawsuit With Pennsylvania AG
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that his office had entered a settlement agreement with RYADD, Inc. over alleged violations of state consumer protection law. The company, which operates ticket resale websites including TicketsOnSale and OnlineCityTickets through the Vivid Seats white label program, allegedly changed its refund policy during... Read more
Ticketmaster Defends Ticket Surge Pricing in Response to Pascrell
Ticketmaster defended its role in surging ticket prices, issuing an official statement this week in response to a letter demanding answers from Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) in the wake of the massive controversy over Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 2023 tour. The Live Nation Entertainment-owned ticketing company... Read more
NPR Examines Ticketmaster “Monopoly” Accusations on 1A Show
Ticketmaster has long been dogged by claims it is operating as an effective “monopoly” alongside parent company Live Nation Entertainment, with its most recent firestorm kicked up over the pricing strategy for Bruce Springsteen and other tours as live entertainment recovers from the pandemic. National Public Radio examined the... Read more
Congressman Demands Answers On “Platinum” Pricing Scheme
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) is demanding answers from Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino regarding Ticketmaster’s “platinum” ticket pricing system, in the wake of enormous blowback over the prices consumers are being forced to pay for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s 2023 tour dates. Pascrell, who... Read more
UK Fans Furious After Taylor Hawkins Tribute Tickets Cancelled
Hundreds of fans have reportedly seen their tickets to the upcoming Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in London cancelled, with ticket providers citing “irregularities” in their purchase as the reason why. Needless to say, the reaction has not been calm for those it has happened to. “I purchased four tickets... Read more
Florida Man Gets Ten Year Sentence Over Ticket Ponzi Scheme
Thomas Coelho was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for wire fraud after pleading guilty to a scheme that involved promises to purchase tickets to live events for resale. Coelho, 52, will also be required to forfeit $1.8 million in assets, the proceeds of the scheme. According to... Read more
Denver, Promoters Settle After Overcharging for Accessible Seating
Concert promoters and Denver City and County officials have settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over allegations of descrimination related to overcharging for wheelchair-accessable tickets for events at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The settlement covers events that were held between 2018 and 2020, and will involve the... Read more