Monitoring Trustee Appointed For Live Nation Consent Decree Case
Mark Filip, a Kirkland & Ellis partner and former deputy attorney general, has been recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor Live Nation Entertainment and Ticketmaster’s compliance with their extended consent decree. Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation were accused of violating the terms of the... Read more
Astros Facing Lawsuit From Season Ticket Holder Following Cheating Scandal
A Houston Astros season ticket holder has filed a lawsuit against the team in the wake of the ongoing cheating scandal. The lawsuit, filed in Harris County District Court, accuses the team of breach of contract, negligence, and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the Houston Chronicle... Read more
RATM Plans To Fight Scalpers By Scalping Own Tickets (And Donating Proceeds To Charity)
Rage Against The Machine has implemented their own plan to fight scalpers ahead of their forthcoming reunion tour. The group caused some noise in the industry when they announced a 40-date Public Service Announcement reunion tour this year – their first trek in almost ten years. However, tickets are... Read more
CMA Tells Viagogo, StubHub To Pause Merger Until Integration Is Approved
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ordered ticket resale websites Viagogo and StubHub to pause its merger until it probes the $4.1 billion integration. According to an enforcement order published today, the CMA has banned both firms from taking further action which might “lead to the integration of... Read more
Antitrust Institute Slams DOJ Missed Opportunity in Live Nation Settlement
The American Antitrust Institute submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division this week regarding its recent enforcement action against Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation’s decade-long merger. In the letter, penned by AAI’s president Diana L. Moss, the AAI notes that Live Nation and... Read more
Former White Sox Employees Charged In Alleged Ticket Fraud Scheme
Two former employees of the Chicago White Sox allegedly schemed with a ticket broker to fraudulently sell thousands of tickets to White Sox baseball games, according to an indictment released by the Department of Justice. Former ticket sellers for the team, James Costello and William O’Neil, reportedly generated complimentary... Read more
CMA Orders StubHub To Make Changes To Its British Website
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ordered secondary ticketing site StubHub to make changes to its British website after it was found to be misleading consumers. The CMA said StubHub had failed to adequately disclose that transactions may not ensure entry into an event, since some venues do... Read more
StubHub Launches Loan Payment Option Ahead of Super Bowl LIV
Super Bowl tickets are available for exorbitant prices, causing some fans to opt-out of the big game day. However, ahead of the match-up, secondary ticketing site StubHub unveiled its new loan option, allowing fans the option to pay for the event in monthly installments. While the installment option will... Read more
Pearl Jam Fans Lash Out On 10 Club, Ticketmaster For Ticket Lottery
Pearl Jam just announced a tour in support of new music, as well as its partnership with ticketing giant Ticketmaster to sell seats through their SafeTix encrypted platform. However, when tickets went on sale, fans were furious with the band’s ticket lottery. Fans who are a part of the... Read more
Pearl Jam, Ticketmaster End Feud To Combat Ticket Resale
Updated 1/16: Ticketmaster issued a statement on Pearl Jam’s decision to use SafeTix. “Pearl Jam has a long-standing commitment to protecting and advocating for their fans, and keeping ticket prices fair is central to that promise. To ensure tickets are not offered to fans above face value, the band... Read more