Ouch! Ticketmaster hit with Drake’s tour price lawsuit
Less than two weeks after Drake announced It’s All A Blur Tour, Ticketmaster is facing legal action over allegations of artificially inflated prices for “Official Platinum” tickets.
A law firm argues that the ‘Official Platinum’ ticket is ‘just a regular ticket’
According to the Toronto Star, a Montreal-based law firm called LPC Avocat Inc. is accusing the platform of “intentionally misleading”[ing] consumers for their own financial gain.”
The law firm alleges that its client purchased two “Official Platinum” tickets for nearly $800 each to see Drake’s performance in Montreal on July 14. However, after one show. Another performance was added on July 15 the very next day, the man found that the seats were almost empty. $350 cheaper.
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As a result, the law firm says that Ticketmaster’s “Official Platinum” ticket is an “artificially inflated premium” that is “not a ‘premium ticket’ neither ‘some of the best seats in the house.’”
“Ticket managers unilaterally decide which tickets they promote and sell as ‘Official Platinum’ based on a certain event. As a result most, if not all, tickets advertised and sold as ‘Official Platinum’ are not ‘premium ticket’ neither ‘some of the best seats in the house’ and in fact, just regular tickets sold by Ticketmaster at an artificially high price with malicious intent.”
In addition, Ticketmaster is accused of deliberately keeping the second concert in Montreal under wraps in order to “squeeze” as much money as possible from fans.
This class action, which has not been approved by the Supreme Court of Quebec, seeks “compensation for damages in the total amount of the difference between the price charged for ‘Official Platinum’ tickets and their regular price.”
Additionally, the law firm seeks punitive damages of $300 per client.
Ticketmaster is in hot water lately
When it comes to this topic, we should note that Ticketmaster has received quite a bit of a bad reputation online lately.
Back in late 2022, the Attorney General of Tennessee—Jonathan Skrmetti—opened an investigation into the platform’s pre-sale practices for Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour, as The Shade Room previously reported.
Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti is concerned about consumer complaints regarding @Ticketmasterpre-sale of @taylorswift13 concert tickets. He and his Consumer Protection team will use every tool available to ensure that no consumer protection laws are violated.
– TN Attorney General (@AGTennessee) November 16, 2022
Months later, shortly after Beyoncé announced her Renaissance World Tour, the U.S. Senate ominously warned that it was “watching” Ticketmaster.
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We are watching, @Ticketmaster. https://t.co/LuWjoXrWX4
— Senate Judiciary Committee (@JudiciaryDems) February 2, 2023
What do you think about the overall situation?