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Ticketmaster gouging rampant, suit alleges
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May 7, 2009 |
The Ticketmaster ticket-scalping scandal over a Bruce Springsteen show at the Meadowlands wasn’t an isolated incident, a federal class-action suit alleges.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton, the suit accuses Ticketmaster of consumer fraud by routinely diverting online buyers to its higher-priced subsidiary — not just for Springsteen but for Britney Spears, Phish, Radiohead and Mylie Cyrus concerts.
The suit follows State Attorney General Anne Milgram’s settlement with Ticketmaster, providing tickets or gift certificates to more than 2,000 fans who were redirected to TicketsNow when they tried to buy tickets for a Springsteen concert at the Meadowlands.
The Ticketmaster subsidiary sells tickets marked up to hundreds of dollars. One of the plaintiffs include a woman who said she paid $150 for a $30 Britney Spears ticket.
Tickets for the concerts are “transferred en masse to third-party brokers for resale on TicketsNow.com, at grossly inflated prices, without plaintiffs or any class member having any reasonable or meaningful opportunity to purchase said tickets at face value,” the suit alleges.
The suit seeks compensation for everyone who tried to buy tickets from Ticketmaster but were redirected to TicketsNow after Jan. 15, 2008.
Authorities in Washington and Trenton have subpoenaed Ticketmaster and brokers who use TicketsNow.com in an effort to learn how brokers get the seats that they then mark up.