Ohio Allows Entertainment Venues to Open at 15% Capacity
After months of shutdown, entertainment venues are once again allowed to open their doors in Ohio, after an order issued by Governor Mike DeWine. Venues impacted by the order include theaters, concert and music halls, and convention centers. Capacity is limited to the lesser of 15 percent of the... Read more
StubHub Forced to Add Warning to UK Website by Regulators
Consumers in the United Kingdom shopping for tickets on StubHub will be greeted with a warning. Resold tickets ‘may not get them into an event,’ is among changes to the retail website required by the Competition and Markets Authority, which has been reviewing the company’s operations as part of... Read more
Viagogo Targeted in Class Action Lawsuit Over Refunds
Consumers in Florida have filed a lawsuit against Viagogo, alleging that the ticket resale marketplace engaged in deceptive and unfair trade practices with a change to its refund policies made retroactive for events amid the coronavirus. The complaint alleges that the company is attempting to force consumers to suffer... Read more
Eventbrite Settles Stockholder Lawsuit for $1.9 Million
Investors who sued Eventbrite claiming the company misled them in its initial public offering have negotiated a $1.9 million settlement, accepting a lower payout than hoped due to the crunch on the company and industry from the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuits were filed after a pair of sharp drops... Read more
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