Ticketmaster faces class motion lawsuit over Drake ticket costs


Ticketmaster has been served a category motion lawsuit over allegedly worth gouging tickets for Drake’s upcoming tour.

The Montreal-based regulation agency LPC Avocat Inc., which focuses on the safety of shopper rights, argued within the swimsuit that the ticketing large “deliberately misleads shoppers for their very own monetary acquire.”

Based on the submitting, which was obtained by the Toronto Stara Montreal man purchased two ‘official platinum’ seats for a Drake present on the Bell Centre, which is about to happen on July 14, for $789.54 (£469.46) every. The next day, a second present was allegedly added to Ticketmaster for July 15 with the identical seats costing $350 (£208.11) much less.

LPC Avocat Inc. alleged that Ticketmaster knew upfront that the second Drake present can be added however “hid” the knowledge to be able to “squeeze out” as a lot cash as potential from followers. It additionally alleges that the ‘official platinum’ seats had been extraordinary seats bought “at an artificially inflated premium in dangerous religion.”

“Ticketmaster unilaterally decides which tickets it advertises and sells as ‘official platinum’ primarily based on a given occasion,” learn the appliance for the lawsuit. “The result’s that almost all, if not all, of the tickets marketed and bought as ‘official platinum’ are neither ‘premium tickets’ nor ‘among the greatest seats in the home’ and are, in truth, simply common tickets bought by Ticketmaster at an artificially inflated premium in dangerous religion.”

The agency is searching for “compensatory damages within the combination quantity of the distinction between the costs charged for ‘Official Platinum’ tickets and what their common worth should have been,” in addition to $300 per buyer (£178.38) in punitive damages.

Ticketmaster has not publicly commented on the allegations.

Ticketmaster. Credit score: Sam Oaksey / Alamy Inventory Photograph.

The ticketing large has been within the headlines steadily up to now few months for its controversial “surge pricing” scheme that was launched final 12 months, which inflates ticket costs primarily based on demand.

The corporate just lately got here underneath fireplace for its dealing with over the ticket gross sales of The Treatment’s North American tour. The band had opted out of surge pricing to maintain prices for followers down, however ticket consumers reported that the charges Ticketmaster had been charging had been greater than the ticket worth itself.

Frontman Robert Smith mentioned he was “sickened” by their actions and later revealed that he had spoken to the ticketing system to challenge small refunds to followers who had bought tickets.

Yesterday, Neil Younger additionally weighed in on the debacle, writing on his web site: “It’s over. The previous days are gone. I get letters blaming me for $3,000.00 tickets for a profit I’m doing. That cash doesn’t go to me or the profit.”

A gaggle of Taylor Swift followers additionally filed a category motion lawsuit in opposition to Ticketmaster for its dealing with of the ‘Eras’ tour pre-sale, which noticed hundreds of followers reporting prolonged wait instances, web site outages, and hyper-inflated costs on resale websites (together with Ticketmaster’s personal). The ticketing firm later admitted it buckled underneath the “traditionally unprecedented demand” they confronted from Swift’s followers earlier than cancelling the overall sale.


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