Ever wanted to attend a concert for a really great price? Due to a new lawsuit, Ticketmaster is giving away free tickets as part of a recent settlement.
The case Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster was filed earlier this year, but the final judgement was not reached until May 7, 2015. The plaintiffs claimed that Ticketmaster’s fees were deceptive and misleading.
“They claim that Ticketmaster’s description of its fees is deceptive and suggests that the fee for UPS delivery of tickets is a pass-through of the amount that UPS charged Ticketmaster for that delivery. Plaintiffs also claim that Ticketmaster’s description of its fees caused customers to believe its Order Processing Fee (“OPF”) was based on or related to Ticketmaster’s costs in processing orders, but was not based on those costs and was actually a profit generator which Ticketmaster required customers to pay.”
Email alerts were sent out last month to some Ticketmaster’s customers who paid ridiculous amounts of money for tickets. According to the lawsuit, those who purchased tickets from October 21st, 1999 to February 27th, 2013 are eligible to retrieve free tickets. It is said that Ticketmaster is offering $42 million worth of discount codes to compensate their customers.
Many are asking, “How do I see if I am eligible?”. No fear, the process is fairly simple. You just need to log in to your Ticketmaster account, and view “Active Vouchers” to see if your day just got better. However, you might want to check if you have any vouchers as soon as possible. According to Ticketmaster, “…free tickets’ are available on a first-come, first-served basis for General Admission seating at designated concert events at Live Nation owned or operated venues.”
This is not the first time something like this has happened to Ticketmaster. Back in the 90’s, Pearl Jam filed an anti-trust suit against the company. More recently, Bruce Springsteen and New Jersey Congressman filed a lawsuit against the company in 2011 over processing fees.