It was long known as the bad guy when it came to the live concert world. We’re talking about Ticketmaster, and for concertgoers it was heralded as one of the most hated companies of all time.
There was a revolt against the ticket giants in the ‘90’s when bands like Pearl Jam stood up to Ticketmaster and the company’s over the top service fees and ticket fees.
Pearl Jam certainly made a point, and filed a petition with the Justice Department, insisting that Ticketmaster was a monopoly, which led to a congressional hearing on the matter. but what happened was that other companies formed and basically did the same exact thing.
Let’s face it, most concert going Americans at the time were most likely forced to use Ticketmaster to buy tickets to a concert that they really wanted to go to without much in the way of other options.
Big name artists and bands had lead a revolt against the company over the years and then a class action lawsuit started brewing against Ticketmaster. The good news to music lovers and bands alike is that the suit was finally settled last month in a big way.
In a recent story from Gawker.com the settlement of the $400 million class action lawsuit has been awarded and now concertgoers are finding themselves in the lucky predicament of being a recipient of a windfall of free tickets and vouchers.
The suit affects close to 50 million people who purchased tickets via Ticketmaster between October 21, 1999 and February 27, 2013. In doing so, customers had to pay the company’s inflated overcharges.
Emails alerting eligible members of the suit started going out last month under the subject: “Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster Class Action Settlement – Notice Regarding Discount and Ticket Codes.”
But here’s the catch, Ticketmaster has a list of “eligible events” on its site although currently that function on their site is not working but, when it is up and running, members will be able to find out what those tickets are good for. We hate to say this, but knowing Ticketmaster, don’t bet on it being someone or something you really want to see.