Lawsuit Alleges Ticketmaster Conspired to Sell Tickets to Popular Events
at Inflated Prices via a Ticket Brokerage Owned by Ticketmaster
TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - An additional Class Action lawsuit was commenced
on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 against TICKETMASTER ENTERTAINMENT, INC.,
TICKETMASTER CANADA LTD., TNOW ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC., and PREMIUM
INVENTORY, INC. (the "Defendants") in Manitoba claiming the Defendants
conspired to divert tickets to popular events away from Ticketmaster's lower
priced portal available to the general public (www.ticketmaster.ca), in favour
of its ticket brokering website www.ticketsnow.com, in which the same tickets
were sold at premium prices.
The lawsuit is brought in conjunction with similar lawsuits brought in
Ontario and in Alberta by Sutts Strosberg LLP and Branch MacMaster, and
contends that the practice of selling tickets in the secondary market for
amounts that exceed their face price contravenes Section 60 of the Province of
Manitoba's Amusements Act which states, "no person shall sell, barter or
exchange for any thing any ticket of admission to a place of amusement for a
price or consideration greater than that paid or given therefor to the owner
of the place of amusement to which it is an admission."
The lawsuit was initiated by a plaintiff who alleges that she attempted,
with her daughter of minor age, to purchase four tickets to Carrie Underwood's
December 2, 2008 concert at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Plaintiff,
and her daughter had obtained a "pre-sale password" from a local radio
station. They made numerous attempts to purchase the tickets on the
Ticketmaster, but each time were redirected to the TicketsNow website. After
several unsuccessful attempts, her daughter was redirected to the TicketsNow
website where the words "Row 2, $193" appeared. Believing that $193 was
reasonable for four tickets, she completed the transaction using her mother's
credit card. The Plaintiff was charged a total of $917.75 including "service
charges" and a "delivery charge." She called TicketsNow in an attempt to have
the charge reversed, but her request was denied. When she received her credit
card statement, she realized that she was also charged in US currency, and
after conversion to Canadian currency the total charge was $1010.05, resulting
in an overcharge of $195.50 per ticket. The face value price of each ticket
"We have heard hundreds of similar stories from consumers across Canada
who allege the process in which tickets are sold on the Ticketmaster and
TicketsNow website contravenes specific legislation in their province," said
Luciana Brasil of Branch MacMaster, one of the lawyers representing the
"The Manitoba legislation exists to govern the process by which tickets
are sold, and we are hopeful the courts will take a serious look into this
issue," said Matthew Maruca, of Wilder Wilder & Langtry, who is also
representing the Plaintiff.
The class action is commenced on behalf of all persons who purchased
tickets for an event in Manitoba through TicketsNow.com from and after
February 17, 2007.
For more information visit www.ticketmasterclassaction.com.
About Sutts, Strosberg LLP
Sutts, Strosberg LLP has offices in Windsor and Toronto and is one of the
leading class action law firms in Canada. Sutts, Strosberg LLP has recovered
more than $1 billion for its clients. Its lawyers have been involved in some
of Canada's most important class actions in Canada including the Walkerton
class action, the Money Mart class action and the Hepatitis-C class action
against the Federal and Provincial governments.
About Branch MacMaster
Branch MacMaster is recognized by Canadian Lawyer as one of the top
Canadian litigation boutiques, with an office in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The firm authors the textbook "Class Action in Canada". Its lawyers have since
acted in over eighty class actions in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and B.C.
About Wilder Wilder & Langtry
Deeply rooted in the community since 1967, Wilder Wilder & Langtry is
considered the leading law firm in Manitoba in the area of class actions. Its
lawyers have been involved in several class actions including the Vioxx class
action and the Cadbury price-fixing class action. The firm is also a leader in
personal injury, product liability, insurance cases.
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Brasil, Branch MacMaster, Barristers & Solicitors, Tel: (604) 654-2960, Email:
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