Taylor Swift fans take Ticketmaster to court
STORY: Fans of pop star Taylor Swift rallied outside a Los Angeles court building on Monday - as a hearing for their lawsuit against Ticketmaster and Live Nation got underway.
The 'Swifties’, as fans of the singer call themselves, filed the suit after the Ticketmaster site crashed during sales of Swift’s latest tour - because of traffic not only from fans but also bots and scalpers.
The fans accuse Ticketmaster and Live Nation of eliminating market competition and overcharging fans because the two merged into one company in 2010.
There are 340 plaintiffs in the case.
Among them, Penny Harrison and Laura Watson.
“I mean, I tried to get a Taylor Swift ticket. It was $750. Then you had the fees on top of it and at this point, I'm paying 2,400 dollars for three tickets. It's crazy the amount. A typical 18- year-old cannot afford that, right? Nobody's. They're just outpriced.”
“Why should they have such a monopoly over everything? Why do they get to control absolutely everything? Who gets to sell the tickets, own the stadiums, do the promotions? It's just crazy. I don't understand. So regulate them? I don't know. I would love for them to be broken up. When they did the merger, they said they were going to have to do agreements with that and be some sort of regulations. The only thing I see is that they just keep paying the fines, starting over.”
Lead counsel John Genga says the next step in the case is to determine arbitration – whether or not it all gets settled out of court... antitrust cases within U.S. court expose a company to the possibility of much higher damages.
Last year, Taylor Swift herself expressed anger over the ticket debacle, saying she was “not going to make excuses for anyone” because the ticket seller assured her team that it could handle a surge in demand.
Ticketmaster said it worked quickly to resolve technical problems.
The company has denied any anti-competitive practices.
- 國際胡蘿蔔日登場 逾1.5萬人拔＂彩色胡蘿蔔＂民視影音31,407 次觀看・18 小時前
- 連鎖五金百貨撐不住？ 全台8店突「封館出清」東森新聞影音193,045 次觀看・1 天前
- 「立委圖鑑LOGO」遭批抄襲寶可夢 民眾黨：是致敬華視影音2,872 次觀看・12 小時前
- 大谷翔平的神秘老婆被瘋傳是她！ 本人出面親揭真相娛樂星聞3,842 次觀看・1 天前
- 一分鐘報天氣 / 週日 (03/03) 冷氣團減弱 各地氣溫升Yahoo奇摩新聞（報氣象）2,580 次觀看・16 小時前
- 免稅規定大不同!台灣免稅店血拚 入境日本慘遭課稅9千元民視影音10,627 次觀看・16 小時前
- 390萬賓士買不到1個月！ 遭賊破窗偷8千、LV險遭竊東森新聞影音1,287 次觀看・7 小時前
- 林俊傑在機場被粉絲追著要簽名 「筆漏水甩到全身」要價9萬的背心毀了娛樂星聞14,742 次觀看・3 天前
- 值班警無辜殉職！警政署發令「禁滑手機」被基層怒批東森新聞影音599 次觀看・7 小時前
- 搶「換車潮」! 機車首創均一價「5萬有找」省2萬TVBS新聞網影音41,813 次觀看・1 天前