Wisconsin Festival Owners File Bankruptcy After COVID Cancellations
The organizers of a pair of festivals planned for the summer of 2020 have filed for bankruptcy protection, leaving fan refunds hanging in the balance. Hypervibe, organizers of the planned Country USA and Rock USA festivals in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, filed for Chapter 7 protection due to their inability to... Read more
Vivid Seats Owner Implicated in Enormous Tax Fraud Scheme
Billionaire Robert Smith has agreed to pay $140 million and admit wrongdoing for his part in a massive tax evasion scheme, part of a deal that will allow him to avoid prosecution, according to Bloomberg. Smith is CEO of Vista Equity Partners, which owns a substantial stake in Vivid... Read more
Promoters Fined $20K Over Infamous NY Chainsmokers Show
Organizers of a summertime show featuring The Chainsmokers that went viral for images of lax (at best) social distancing have been handed down a $20,000 fine from New York officials. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the fine Wednesday, indicating that it was for violating an executive order for hosting... Read more
Court Order Paves Way for Fans Return in Pennsylvania
Sports fans in both Pennsylvania will be able to see their teams in person for the first time this fall, largely due to a judge striking down Governor Tom Wolf’s harsh restrictions on crowd size due to the pandemic. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV issued a ruling in... Read more
California Judge Dismisses MLB Ticket Refund Lawsuits
A consumer lawsuit filed against Major League Baseball and its teams has been largely disposed of by the court, with a California federal judge dismissing charges against the league and two teams based in the state this week. The proposed class action featured fan complaints about no refunds being... Read more
Michigan Passes Repeal of Ban on Ticket Resale, Bans Bots
Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan signed into law bills making ticket resale legal in the state, ending a long-standing but infrequently enforced ban on selling tickets for more than face value. Senate Bills 384 and 385 were signed into law last week, having been passed by the legislature in... Read more
Washington AG Sues Brown Paper Tickets Over Millions Owed to Consumers, Clients
Brown Paper Tickets, a Seattle-based primary ticketing vendor, has been sued by Washington’s attorney general over allegations the company owes nearly $7 million to artist and venue clients and ticket buyers amid the rash of pandemic event cancellations. According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit was filed Wednesday of... Read more
Australian Regulators Fine Viagogo $7 Million Over “Misrepresentation”
A judge in Australia has ordered Viagogo pay a $7 million fine over “misrepresentation” to consumers. Justice Stephen Burley issued the ruling in a case brought against the ticket resale marketplace by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Viagogo’s use of the word “official” in its marketing and... Read more
Judge Rules Against Cuomo’s Restrictions on Live Events in NY
A bar in Buffalo, NY has won an early ruling against restrictions on live music and ticketed events put in place by Governor Andrew Cuomo in court. Justice Frank Sedita of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that a ban on ticketing and advertising live events at venues... Read more
Broadway Lauds Inclusion of “Save Our Stages” Funds in Proposed Stimulus
Broadway representatives applauded the most recent iteration of a new round of coronavirus stimulus from the government, at least as the democratically-controled House of Representatives has framed it. The Heroes Act introduced this week included $10 billion in grant money – known as the “Save Our Stages Act” designed... Read more