It is reported that a Canadian law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster for allegedly price-gauging tickets on Drake‘s upcoming North American tour, which kicks off in June.
The Toronto Star writes that Montreal-based law firm LPC Avocat Inc., claims the ticketing giant “intentionally misleads consumers for their own financial gain.”
Per the complaint – which was obtained by the publication – a Montreal man bought two ‘Official Platinum’ seats for Drake’s July 14th show at the Bell Centre, each at $789.54. However, the following day, a new show on July 15th is claimed to have been added to Ticketmaster, with tickets in the same seats listed for around $350 less.
In their suit, LPC Avocat Inc. claims that Ticketmaster were aware of the July 15th Drake show in advance and withheld the information. They also allege that the ‘Official Platinum’ seats were just standard ones sold “at an artificially inflated premium in bad faith.”
Furthermore, the Toronto Star reports that the plaintiffs seek “compensatory damages in the aggregate amount of the difference between the prices charged for ‘Official Platinum’ tickets and what their regular price ought to have been”. They also want $300 per customer in punitive damages.
Presently, Ticketmaster is facing numerous lawsuits over a host of charges, including price fixing, fraud, and anti-competitive behaviour. The entertainment company is also facing a Senate hearing and an antitrust investigation.
This is a developing story.