Ticketmaster Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Collusion with Ticket Scalpers

Last Friday, the law firm Hagens Berman filed a lawsuit in California federal court on behalf of Allen Lee who is suing both Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation Entertainment, for “unlawful and unfair business practices” that have “unjustly enriched” the ticket-seller at the expense of live events fans.

According to CBC and the Toronto Star’s mid-September report, Ticketmaster has secretly helped ticket scalpers purchase large quantities of tickets, then collected a portion of the second sales when those tickets were resold for higher prices on the secondary market. While Ticketmaster’s secondary market is legitimate in and of itself, allowing mass resales such as these violates the company’s own policies.

The suit’s proposed class includes anyone in the United States who has purchased tickets from a professional reseller associated with Ticketmaster’s secondary market, such as TicketsNow and Ticketmaster Verified. The class must be certified by a judge in order for the case to proceed.

See Lee v. Ticketmaster L.L.C. et al on Justia.

Additional Reading

Ticketmaster Faces Class-Action Lawsuit After Scalping Report, Rolling Stone October 1, 2018

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