Masonic Cleveland Sues Live Nation, Claims $90 Million in Damages
The ownership of Cleveland venue has filed a lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment, claiming nearly $100 million in damages after a brief business relationship went south in 2019. TempleLive, which owns and operates the Masonic Cleveland space, alleges that the promotional and ticketing behemoth is in violation of both... Read more
Vivid Seats May Bring Company Public, Despite Recent Controversies
Vivid Seats is reportedly in talks to go public, a move said to be in “advanced talks” despite recent legal controversies related to the ticket resale marketplace and one of its principal investors. The Chicago-based company is reported to be in negotiations with Horizon Acquisition Corp. for the move,... Read more
Arizona Governor Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses, Events
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifted restrictions on businesses and events in the state, effectively paving the way for live events to return at the discretion of event operators and venues. The Republican  announced the changes Thursday, alongside a new rule prohibiting local authorities from enforcing mask mandates outside of... Read more
Vivid Seats Proposes $7.5 Million Settlement Over Cancellation Claims
Vivid Seats is hoping to put a class action to bed with a multi-million dollar settlement, according to Law360.com. The lawsuit involves consumer claims that the resale platform discontinued an existing refund policy due to the pandemic, and attempted to make it retroactive to events that were cancelled due... Read more
UK Regulator Greenlights Plan for Viagogo-StubHub Merger
More than a year after StubHub’s purchase by Viagogo was announced, the merger is expected to begin moving forward once again with the blessing of the Competition and Markets Authority of the UK. The competition regulator said it “proposes to accept” a plan for StubHub to spin off its... Read more
Maryland Lawmakers Considering Bills Bolstering Consumer Ticket Rights, Privacy
Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a pair of bills that would grant consumers in the state stronger rights over tickets they purchase to events, as well as increased protection against the sharing of their personal information with partners of ticketing vendors, venues, teams and promoters. The two bills, House... Read more
UK Regulator Rules Viagogo Must Sell International StubHub Operations
The Competition and Markets Authority announced Tuesday that Viagogo must spin off some StubHub operations to address competition concerns it had with the merger, which has been held up by the UK regulator since early 2020. Viagogo, which paid an estimated $4 billion to purchase the ticket resale marketplace... Read more
Justice Department, FTC Announce Settlements in BOTS Act Enforcement
The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission announced three settlements with businesses resolving alleged violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act. The settlements mark the first-ever enforcement actions of the Obama-era law, which is designed to prohibit the use of automated software in the acquisition of tickets... Read more
New York Reopening Efforts Plan Deployment of Rapid COVID Testing
In his State of the State address earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated his administration is planning to allow live events with fans in attendance beginning as soon as February. The plans are centered around the ramping up of rapid testing sites in the state, coupled... Read more
Broker Genius, Seat Scouts Announce Merger of Ticket Resale Tool Providers
Broker Genius and Seat Scouts announced Tuesday that the two companies would be merging. The two companies had been engaged in a lengthy legal battle, which is being set aside as Seat Scouts products and employees are brought under the Broker Genius umbrella. The merged companies will see Broker... Read more