Endeavor Execs Resign from Live Nation Board After DOJ Anti-Trust Scrutiny
A pair of executives from Endeavor abruptly resigned from the Live Nation Entertainment Board of Directors last week amid anti-trust concerns. Endeavor Chief Executive Officer Ariel Emanuel and President Mark Shapiro resigned their positions after the Department of Justice “expressed concerns that their positions on the Live Nation Board... Read more
Viagogo Pushes Back Against Class Action Certification in Florida
Viagogo is hoping to keep a Florida lawsuit from being certified as a nationwide class action, according to court filings. The secondary ticket resale marketplace, headquartered in Switzerland, has seen several lawsuits filed against it and StubHub, which it purchased in 2020, over refunds related to events that were... Read more
New York Passes Ticketing Rights Law Extension; Is New Jersey Next?
With just weeks to go before the law defining New York’s ticketing rights landscape was set to expire, the Assembly and Senate agreed on a one-year extension of the current law, which was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday. This extends the currently existing protections for ticket holders... Read more
New York Legislature Agrees on One-Year Extension of Existing Ticketing Laws
Ticketing for live event tickets in the state of New York will remain at the current status-quo, for at least one more year. Senator James Skoufis and Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell issued a joint statement Monday afternoon indicating that they had agreed in principle to a one-year extension of the... Read more
Georgia Businesses Sue MLB Over Relocation of All-Star Game
Major League Baseball was sued earlier this week over the relocation of the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Colorado, with the plaitiffs pursuing a $1.1 billion judgement. The Job Creators Network, a conservative group, brought the lawsuit, naming MLB and the MLB Players Association over their decision to move... Read more
Class Action Accusing Ticketmaster, Live Nation of Price Inflation Certified
A class action lawsuit accusing Ticketmaster and parent Live Nation of business tactics that artficially inflate prices for consumers was certified by a judge in Vancouver, British Colombia in April. The action – Gomel vs. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. saw a hearing on the matter in November prior to... Read more
Sen. Skoufis Expects Comprimise in NY Over Ticketing Reform Bill
With just weeks to go in the current legislative session in New York, time is short before the current law protecting consumer rights in ticketing expires. But, there are competing versions of what renewing those protections looks like. On the one side, there’s maintaining the status quo with a... Read more
FTC Promises “Robust Anticompetitive Enforcement” in Live Event Ticketing
The Federal Trade Commission has responded to a recent call by several members of Congress for increased oversight of live event ticketing, promising “vigorous enforcement” against alleged monopolistic behaviour in the space. The organization issued its response last week in a letter from acting chair Rebecca Slaughter. “I agree... Read more
Consumer Advocates Urge Passage of Sen. Skoufis’ New York Ticketing Bill
Consumer rights organizations have come out in favor of a bill under consideration in New York that would drastically alter the ticketing ecosystem in the state. The bill, introduced last week by Sen. James Skoufis, seeks to make a number of changes to existing laws regarding event ticket sales,... Read more
New York Senator Skoufis Pushes to End Anti-Consumer Ticketing Practices
Over the course of the last five years, numerous government agencies individual states have attempted to address anti-consumer practices involved in event ticket sales and concert promotion. While various states have enacted some consumer protection – most specifically making nontransferable tickets illegal – most of the issues identified are... Read more