President Biden Adds Support to Ticket “Junk” Fee Regulations
Fresh on the heels of the Federal Trade Commission’s vote in favor of rulemaking regarding “junk” fees, President Biden threw his weight behind the effort, which may profoundly impact how the live event ticketing business operates. While no specifics were detailed on what action might be taken, the President’s... Read more
Coachella Sues Ghanaian Afrochella Festival for Infringement
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and its organizer Goldenvoice once more going after another event for daring to invoke the “-chella”phrase in its name. This time, the event is abroad, as the festival promoter and its lawyers have gone after Afrochella, an event in Ghana. This is... Read more
Live Nation Reaches Settlement in First Astroworld Case
Live Nation has reportedly reached a settlement with the family of a 21-year-old who died at the 2021 Astroworld Festival in Texas. The settlement is the first known case to have been resolved in the Astroworld tragedy, which saw ten people die during a crowd crush incident while Travis... Read more
FTC Announces Plans to Issue “Drip Pricing” Fee Regulations
The Federal Trade Commission voted to issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Junk Fees on Thursday, which could involve regulation surrounding so-called “drip pricing” tactics in event ticketing. Drip pricing is the tactic of showing one price to consumers at the start of a transaction, only to... Read more
Ex-Suns Ticketing Executive Gets Jail Time in Fraud Scheme
A former ticket office executive for the Phoenix Suns has been sentenced to a year in jail and three years of supervised probation in connection with a scheme involving the use of insider system access to steal tickets that would be sold through StubHub. Jeffrey Allen Marcussen  pleaded guilty... Read more
New Campaign Calls on Regulators to Break Up Ticketmaster
A new campaign launched this week is calling on federal regulators to break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation, which merged in 2010, arguing that the combined company abuses its market power. The #breakupticketmaster campaign asks the Department of Justice to use its power to reverse the merger’s approval. Such... Read more
Plaintiffs Suing Ticketmaster Allege Bias by Mandatory Arbitrator
Plaintiffs suing Ticketmaster for alleged anti-competitive behavior have alleged that the company’s arbitration service is biased against them, and should be forced to hand over additional documentation from its work on behalf of the Live Nation-owned ticketing giant. Ticketmaster and its parent have repeatedly been sued for alleged anti-competitive... Read more
MSG Bans Plaintiff Lawyers in Ticket Lawsuit From Events, Venues
Madison Square Garden has reportedly banned a New York City law firm and its lawyers from attending events at any of its venues. Their crime? Representing clients who have filed a lawsuit against the venue or teams alleging they have violated New York law related to tickets and ticket... Read more
Vancouver Race Organizers Targeted in Almost $3.3 M Ticket Refund Lawsuit
A ticketing organization has filed a lawsuit against a race organizers, alleging that they have not yet provided funds to reimburse consumers for ticket purchases to a race that was cancelled in July.  The event organizer, The One Stop Strategy (OSS) Group, sold 30,000 tickets for the Formula E... Read more
Brown Paper Tickets Still Struggling to Pay Clients After COVID
Brown Paper Tickets, which was sued over failure to pay out millions owed to clients amid the COVID-19 pandemic by the Washington Attorney General, is reportedly still missing payments two years later. The ticketing company was taken to task in a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, which detailed... Read more