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Consumer alleges he paid inflated prices for tickets from Vivid Seats

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A ticket seller is alleged to have falsely advertised the nature, quality and price of its tickets.

Todd Giesea, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on March 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Vivid Seats LLC and Does 1-10 over alleged violation of the California False Advertising Act and Unfair Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 12, 2017, he purchased tickets for an event advertised on defendant's webpage. The plaintiff alleges the defendant represented it sells presale tickets and does not engage in speculative selling, and that this is representation is false.

The plaintiff alleges he was informed by the producers of the event that the tickets did not begin to go on sale until Sept. 13, 2017, and he allegedly paid the defendant approximately three times more for the speculative tickets than he would have if he purchased the tickets from the producers of the event or their agents.

As a result, the plaintiff claims he and the class experienced an economic loss by paying an inflated price for tickets that had yet to be marketed to the public. 

The plaintiff holds Vivid Seats LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly concealed the fact that its service is not going to be of the nature and quality advertised in order to deceive consumers into utilizing their service that is different from that which is advertised.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for actual and punitive damages, attorneys' fees, costs, pre- and post-judgment interest, and all other relief, general or special, legal and equitable to which may be justly entitled as deemed by the court. He is represented by Todd M. Friedman, Adrian R. Bacon, Meghan E. George and Thomas E. Wheeler of Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, PC in Woodland Hills, California.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 4:18-cv-01776-YGR

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