Ad Agency Sues Broadway Producer Scott Ruden Over Unpaid Bills
Famed Broadway producer Scott Rudin has been sued by an ad agency over unpaid bills, which they say runs to an amount over $6 million. SpotCo filed suit with the New York State Supreme Court, claiming Scott Rudin Productions has failed to pay for work done on eight shows,... Read more
Panel Consolidates StubHub Refund Lawsuits in California
A number of federal lawsuits filed in reaction to a change to StubHub refund policies on cancelled events in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are being consolidated and moved to California. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, where four lawsuits were filed and StubHub... Read more
South Carolina Gov. Reopens Events, Venues Beginning August 3
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Wednesday allowing sports stadiums, theaters, concert venues and other large-attendance spaces to reopen in the state as of August 3. In the first stage of reopening, attendance will be greatly limited, and masks will be required for all staff and... Read more
Massachusetts Legislators Push for Ticket Resale Rights
A pair of amendments protecting consumer ticket resale rights have been proposed as part of “An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth” in Massachusetts. The legislature is scheduled to be in session through the end of July, though extensions or special sessions are certainly possible due to the volume of... Read more
Sens Klobuchar, Cornyn Propose $10 Billion “Save Our Stages Act”
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has introduced a bill aimed at helping small music venues survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, introduced Wednesday, proposes setting aside $10 billion to distribute over the next six months, with individual venues able to apply for grants of up to $12 million. The... Read more
Viagogo’s Offer to Sell EU StubHub Entities Rejected by UK Regulator
Prior to the Competiton and Markets Authority’s decision to send its review of Viagogo’s purchase of StubHub to a phase two investigation, the regulator shot down a proposal by the Swiss-based company to sell off the European StubHub entities to alleviate competition concerns, according to multiple outlets. The CMA... Read more
DOJ Approves Live Nation Owner’s Increased Stake in iHeartMedia
Live Nation Entertainment owner Liberty Media got approval from the Department of Justice to dramatically increase its stake in iHeartMedia, over the objection of anti-monopoly advocates. Liberty, which already controls Sirius XM and Pandora in addition to its 33 percent stake in Live Nation and Ticketmaster, got approval to... Read more
UK Government Slashes VAT on Event Tickets to Spur Return
As part of its attempt to assist the reeling live events industry, the UK government announced it would drastically reduced the value-added tax (VAT) on event tickets from 20% to 5% going forward. The reduction will last for six months, beginning on July 15, and includes tickets to shows,... Read more
New Jersey Considering Bill Protecting Consumer Ticket Rights
New Jersey’s legislature is currently considering legislation designed to protect consumer ticket rights for events held in the state, as well as requiring that fees be disclosed up front when tickets are sold. The bill was introduced earlier this month by Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer, a republican who represents... Read more
Live Nation Sued for Racial, Gender Discrimination by Furloughed Staffer
Candace Newman filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that Live Nation Entertainment retaliated against her for complaints about racial and gender discrimination, then let her go recently while using COVID-19 staffing reductions as an excuse, Variety is reporting. She worked for the entertainment giant... Read more