Ticketmaster, Live Nation Battle Against Consumer Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster was revealed earlier this week after a customer accused the ticketing giant of intentional fraud and over-charging consumers. The lawsuit was filed by customer Allen Lee in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, brought by barristers Steve Berman and... Read more
Shubert ‘Fighting Scalping,’ but Also Selling 300% Mark-Up Tickets Through Own Subsidiary
The Shubert Organization, one of the primary organizations lobbying hard to add onerous restrictions to the right of consumers to re-sell their own tickets in New York, is in fact a major player in the secondary market itself, scalping its own tickets at steep markup while misleading consumers that... Read more
Ticketmaster Suit Continues Against Broker For Illegal Bot Use
Ticketmaster filed a lawsuit against the Connecticut-based broker Prestige Entertainment last year for allegedly using illegal technology “bots” to score thousands of popular tickets to re-sell. In 2015, Prestige Entertainment purchased a large amount of tickets from the site for a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.... Read more
New South Wales Fair Trading Announces Anti-Scalping Law
This morning, New South Wales approved scalping laws to stop tickets from being resold at inflated prices, and announced staggering fines scalpers will face if they do not oblige. According to The Newcastle Herald, the Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean, said that these reforms mean that it is... Read more
Arizona Lawmaker Aims to Outlaw Ticket Bots
Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, has proposed a law that would make it illegal to use computer software to impersonate a human for “nefarious reasons”, including buying up concert and theater tickets to resell, reports AZ Central. Kavanagh says he was inspired to write the bill after hearing stories... Read more
Cyber Bots Target Holiday Toys
“Bots”, the high-speed technology usually employed to purchase mass amounts of tickets for the purpose of inflated resale, are now being used to buy up the most popular toys as we approach the gift-giving season, says the NY Daily News. After complaints of impossibly fast sellouts to popular concerts... Read more
Opinion: Peering Behind the Propaganda at Why “Verified Fan” Exists
by Sam Pocker, Special to TicketNews I wanted to take a moment to explain Ticketmaster’s “Verified Fan” program as succinctly as possible both to journalists who continue to disseminate the propaganda surrounding it as well as to consumers, managers, and brokers so that each may have a better understanding... Read more
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizers Make Plans to Counter Ticket Scalping
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee has announced plans to counter ticket scalping ahead of the event, Reuters reported this week. The committee is especially fearful of massive ticket buyouts and inflated resale for the 2020 games given the scalping ring that slowed ticket sales for the... Read more
Michigan Students Making Profits “Flipping Tickets” on Social Media
Some budding entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan are apparently making some extra cash in a new market using an old technique: Using supply vs. demand to turn ticket-buying opportunities into profit. Utilizing their ability to get low-price student tickets for Wolverine home games at the famed “Big House”,... Read more
Ontario AG Naqvi Floats New Rules to Battle Scalping, Bots
After announcing late last week that a survey indicated broad support for reforms in the ticket industry, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi proposed legislation that would outlaw the use of “bots” on Monday, but offered little detail as to the specifics of the legislation. According to a story by... Read more