Several principals with Wiseguy Tickets, a Nevada-based wholesale ticket broker, were recently indicted for alleged cyber crimes for using “bot” software programs to illegally obtain more than 1 million tickets for popular concerts and sporting events from Ticketmaster and other companies. According to the 60-page federal court indictment released... Read more
Ticket “forward market” facilitator FirstDIBZ is effectively non-operational these days, as the beleaguered company prepares for possible settlement talks to begin compensating customers who have waited months to access their money. The Chicago-based company, which managed online marketplaces where sports fans bought and sold options on event tickets, was... Read more
(This story was updated on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 5:43pm EST to add comments from U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Thursday will announce a settlement it has reached with Ticketmaster concerning last year’s ticketing debacle with its subsidiary TicketsNow over Bruce Springsteen ticket... Read more
State legislators in Minnesota are about to consider a change in language to its almost year-old ticket resale legislation that would require disclosure of ticket holdbacks. Bill HF2950, introduced this week by State Rep. Joe Atkins, is designed to help fans understand how many tickets are available for the... Read more
Vermont is the latest state to consider prohibiting ticket resale, as legislators look to regain some control over the secondary ticket market. The recently proposed Vermont bill, H.722, seeks to ban the practice unless resellers receive written permission from an event’s organizer or the venue where it is taking... Read more
The State of Utah will not be taking up the issue of ticket resale during this legislative session, and there are currently no plans to discuss it in the future, according to the representative who sponsored a bill on the matter. Democratic Rep. Lynn Hemingway is no longer pushing... Read more
A Utah state representative has introduced an anti-scalping bill to the Utah House of Representatives, for consideration during its upcoming legislative session, January 25 – March 11. H.B. 76, sponsored by Democrat Lynn Hemingway, would make ticket scalping in the state of Utah a Class C misdemeanor. In Utah,... Read more
(This story was updated on January 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm EST) The baseball season is months away, but the Milwaukee Brewers are already asking Wisconsin legislators to step up the plate and bat ticket scalpers out of the park. Currently, Wisconsin only prohibits the resale of state fair... Read more
In a separate but similar action to its lawsuit against eBay subsidiary StubHub, the City of Chicago has again found itself on the wrong end of a legal case involving the collection of its amusement tax on ticket sales. U.S. District Court Judge Blanche M. Manning last week dismissed... Read more
The Austin Ticket Company, the Texas-based ticket brokerage already embroiled in a legal fight with RazorGator, is facing a new court challenge over alleged non-payment of commercial loans. Texas-based investment company CSI Nadler Partners (CNP) is claiming it loaned Austin Ticket Company a total of nearly $1.1 million over... Read more