California Judge Dismisses MLB Ticket Refund Lawsuits
A consumer lawsuit filed against Major League Baseball and its teams has been largely disposed of by the court, with a California federal judge dismissing charges against the league and two teams based in the state this week. The proposed class action featured fan complaints about no refunds being... Read more
Michigan Passes Repeal of Ban on Ticket Resale, Bans Bots
Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan signed into law bills making ticket resale legal in the state, ending a long-standing but infrequently enforced ban on selling tickets for more than face value. Senate Bills 384 and 385 were signed into law last week, having been passed by the legislature in... Read more
Washington AG Sues Brown Paper Tickets Over Millions Owed to Consumers, Clients
Brown Paper Tickets, a Seattle-based primary ticketing vendor, has been sued by Washington’s attorney general over allegations the company owes nearly $7 million to artist and venue clients and ticket buyers amid the rash of pandemic event cancellations. According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit was filed Wednesday of... Read more
Australian Regulators Fine Viagogo $7 Million Over “Misrepresentation”
A judge in Australia has ordered Viagogo pay a $7 million fine over “misrepresentation” to consumers. Justice Stephen Burley issued the ruling in a case brought against the ticket resale marketplace by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Viagogo’s use of the word “official” in its marketing and... Read more
Judge Rules Against Cuomo’s Restrictions on Live Events in NY
A bar in Buffalo, NY has won an early ruling against restrictions on live music and ticketed events put in place by Governor Andrew Cuomo in court. Justice Frank Sedita of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that a ban on ticketing and advertising live events at venues... Read more
Broadway Lauds Inclusion of “Save Our Stages” Funds in Proposed Stimulus
Broadway representatives applauded the most recent iteration of a new round of coronavirus stimulus from the government, at least as the democratically-controled House of Representatives has framed it. The Heroes Act introduced this week included $10 billion in grant money – known as the “Save Our Stages Act” designed... Read more
Law Sharply Penalizing Ticket Resale Proposed by Irish Authorities
Fines of up to €100,000 and two years jail time are included in legislation being considered by authorities in Ireland. The crime? Resale of tickets for more than face value. Proposed legislation effectively bans ticket resale in the country in venues with a capacity of more than 1,000 for... Read more
Nevada Governor Loosens Restrictions on Event Attendance
Nevada will no longer have quite as strict of a cap on live event attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that the 50-person cap on event attendance would be lifted on October 1. “This is not the end. This is the first step toward getting... Read more
Florida Governor Pushes Reopening, Hopes for Full Super Bowl in Tampa
Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis (R) pushed the state into phase three of its reopening amid the coronavirus last week. Among the changes are restaurants and bars being able to open to a minimum of 50 percent capacity, if not full. For local jurisdictions seeking to impose further restrictions, they... Read more
Connecticut Venues Allowed to Reopen After Surprise Announcement from Governor
Concert venues and other arts spaces will be allowed to open as early as October 8 in Connecticut, following a surprise announcement by Governor Ned Lamont last week. Shuttered since March in one of the states hit hardest by the pandemic in its early phases, some organizers plan to... Read more