Arizona AG Announces $71 Million in Consumer Refunds from Ticketmaster
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a concent agreement with Ticketmaster that will see the Live Nation Entertainment-owned vendor return $71 million in payments to consumers who purchased tickets to events that were postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement is pending final court approval. “Consumers... Read more
Live Nation Must Face Lawsuit Brought by Family of Teen Who OD’d at Festival
A state judge in California ruled that a lawsuit brought by the family of a teenager who died of dehydration caused by drug consumption at the 2015 Hard Summer Music Festival can continue, reversing a lower court’s summary judgement in favor of Live Nation. Judge Dan Thomas found that... Read more
Save Our Stages Act Included in Proposed Senate Democrats Bill
Large-scale coronavirus aid seems unlikely to pass before the election, but the Save Our Stages act may yet get a vote as part of a smaller relief bill introduced by Senate Democrats this week. The Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act is a $370 billion bill that includes most of... Read more
UK Competition Watchdog Provisionally Blocks Viagogo-StubHub Merger
StubHub’s purchase by Viagogo hit another hurdle this week, as the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority continued its investigation and related halting of the deal over concerns it would lead to a resale monopoly in the country. Viagogo, which closed the purchase of the leading U.S. resale marketplace... Read more
Tool Refund Snafu Resolved, But Questions Remain After Long Delays
After fan complaints and a negative story in the New York Times, a number of fans are being made whole with refunds for two concerts at Nassau Coliseum. Ticket holders for Tool and Judas Priest shows at the Long Island, New York venue waited months for their refunds in... Read more
California Reopens Stadiums to Fans, But Santa Clara Co. Denies 49ers Approval
California became the latest state to update its coronavirus safety protocols to allow fans to return to outdoor events (with restrictions), but the San Francisco 49ers will be remaining fan-free for the time being. Santa Clara County officials announced they would not be allowing the team to have fans... Read more
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