Denver City Council Questions AEG, Live Nation Contracts in Light of Virus
Although Denver’s iconic concert venue Red Rocks Amphitheater is currently a ghost town amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Denver City Council voted on two taxpayer-funded contracts with AEG and Live Nation. According to DenverRite, the agreements with the world’s two largest concert promoters totaled $10.5 million and are good... Read more
Ticketer Responds To Comic Con Lawsuit Regarding Alleged Stolen Funds
This year’s nearly sold-out Boston Comic Con was set to feature stars like Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, and Chris Hemsworth. However, right before the event kicked-off on March 20, the Con was cancelled due to concerns over the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Pop culture fans quickly sought refunds, but... Read more
ASA Tells StubHub To Stop Using ‘Guaranteed Genuine Ticket’ Claim
Update (as of March 27, 2020): A spokesperson for StubHub released the following statement regarding the ASA order: “StubHub is a fan-first ticket marketplace, providing an opportunity for fans to sell tickets they’re no longer able to use and buy tickets for events they want to go and see. Every... Read more
Lawsuit Filed Alleging Comic Con Refunds Stolen By Vendor
Update (as of March 27, 2020): GrowTix noted in a statement to TicketNews that The Hollywood Reporter‘s article regarding the cancellation and actions by GrowTix is “a plainly inaccurate account of events and a misrepresentation of the obligations and actions of both GrowTix and ACE Universe.” We have since... Read more
Woman Files Suit Against Ticketmaster For Violating ADA Laws
A woman has filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster in the Southern District of Florida for its violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), noting that the ticketing giant’s mobile app is not fully accessible for visually impaired consumers. The plaintiff, Windy Lucius, has been blind for nine years... Read more
Liberty Media Repays Live Nation Loan, Helping Stabilize Stock
While coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the globe, the live event industry has taken a big hit – cancelling major festivals and concerts. To help Live Nation, which has been strapped financially on top of millions in debt, Liberty Media fully repaid the promoter giant’s margin loan. According to a... Read more
StubHub Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Alleging RICO Violations
Secondary ticketing site StubHub has asked a federal judge to end a lawsuit where the company is accused of racketeering. According to Legal Newsline, Spotlight Ticket Management Inc. filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Western Division against StubHub and Awin Global... Read more
New York Ticket Scammers Sentenced For Counterfeit Ring
Two men from New York were sentenced for a counterfeit ticket scheme revolving around tickets to A-list artists’ concerts and large-scale sporting events. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 49-year-old Damon Daniels of The Bronx was sentenced to two years in prison and one of his co-defendants, 31-year-old Rahiem Watts... Read more
Paris Court Upholds Ruling Against Viagogo For French Open Tickets
The Paris Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that Viagogo must cease its unauthorized listing and sale of tickets to the French Open at Roland Garros, citing the French Tennis Federation (FFT) as the lone legal seller of the tournament’s tickets. Viagogo Entertainment Inc. and Viagogo AG argued that... Read more
$2.5M In Counterfeit NBA All-Star Game Tickets, Merchandise Seized by ICE
During a six-day enforcement action leading up to the NBA All-Star Game, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents seized over 100,000 counterfeit items and tickets. The seizures took place as a part of an effort to target those in the Chicago area... Read more