House Committee Sets Ticketing Industry Hearing for February 26
The schedule has been set for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s hearing on the ticketing ecosystem, which will take place on Wednesday, February 26 in Washington D.C. Titled “In the Dark: Lack of Transparency in the Live Event Ticketing Industry,” the hearing will kick off at 10... Read more
Pascrell Rejects Pearl Jam’s Criticism of BOSS Act
U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) responded to a letter from the rock band Pearl Jam, who had asked the representative to consider changing the BOSS Act. The letter, penned by Pearl Jam, was sent to Pascrell, as well as House and Energy Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.... Read more
Monitoring Trustee Appointed For Live Nation Consent Decree Case
Mark Filip, a Kirkland & Ellis partner and former deputy attorney general, has been recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor Live Nation Entertainment and Ticketmaster’s compliance with their extended consent decree. Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation were accused of violating the terms of the... Read more
A Generation Later, Pearl Jam Shifts From Fighting Monopoly To Lobbying On Its Behalf
Pearl Jam, which once famously fought against Ticketmaster’s dominant control of the concert business, is now advocating for changes that the Live Nation-owned ticketing giant would love to see to the proposed BOSS Act. The rock band penned a letter to New Jersey Democratic representatives Bill Pascrell and Frank... Read more
Two “Touts” Convicted In UK For Violating Law
Two British ticket scalpers who used multiple identities and bots to buy over £4 million worth of tickets have been convicted on fraud charges. Peter Hunter and David Smith, known as Ticket Wiz and BZZ, were exposed to the public after The Guardian investigated into the secondary market in... Read more
StubHub Fined 1.3M Penalty By Canadian Competition Bureau
As part of an agreement with the Canada’s Competition Bureau, StubHub Canada Ltd. and StubHub Inc. will pay a $1.3 million penalty to correct what the Bureau found led to misleading pricing claims on their sites. After an investigation, the Bureau found that StubHub had advertised tickets on their... Read more
Live Nation Suing Bootleg Merch Vendors Outside Post  Malone Shows
Live Nation is reportedly suing anyone who tries to sell fake merchandise at Post Malone shows. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Live Nation is asking for restraining orders against any vendors attempting to sell fake merchandise outside of Post Malone’s show in Newark New Jersey, as... Read more
Viagogo Announces Completion of $4 Billion StubHub Acquisition
A press release credited to Viagogo published Thursday evening announced the Swiss-based resale marketplace had completed its acquisition of StubHub, officially reuniting CEO Eric Baker with the California-based resale giant he co-founded while in graduate school. “These two complimentary marketplaces will sell hundreds of thousands of tickets daily across... Read more
CMA Tells Viagogo, StubHub To Pause Merger Until Integration Is Approved
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ordered ticket resale websites Viagogo and StubHub to pause its merger until it probes the $4.1 billion integration. According to an enforcement order published today, the CMA has banned both firms from taking further action which might “lead to the integration of... Read more
Live Nation Lobby Kills Consumer Ticket Transfer Rights Protections in Indiana
An Indiana bill to ban non-transferable tickets was killed after it didn’t receive enough support in the House. The bill was introduced by Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), and it seemed like the legislation would garner enough support after it was passed by the House Commerce, Small Business and... Read more