Ticketmaster users awarded free tickets after trial
If you used Ticketmaster between 1999 and 2013, you may be one of the many fans who are now entitled to free tickets following the settlement of the $400 million Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action lawsuit.
Ticketmaster settle due to inflated fees
Last month the company made the settlement in California in relation to inflated fees. 50 million users will now receive compensation in the form of free tickets. The ticketing giant sent out emails last month to fans who bought tickets online between October 21, 1999 and February 27, 2013. If you didn’t receive an email, it’s still worth checking if you are eligible for vouchers by logging into your account. If you gained from the settlement there will be ticket codes in the Active Vouchers link in your account.
The settlement site states that the free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and that tickets may not be “available for redemption if others have claimed them before you.” Each code entitles users to two general admission tickets at “designated concert events at Live Nation venues, subject to availability and limitations.”
Free tickets, but for which shows?
Ticketmaster states that the designated venues are listed at the settlement site, yet nothing has been listed yet, and neither have any shows. I wouldn’t get your hopes up about catching your favourite band with these free tickets unless your favourite band is very unpopular. With the amount of leeway Ticketmaster have given themselves in the terms, there seems to be nothing stopping them from only offering free tickets to shows no one wants to go to.
The list of eligible events will be periodically updated and users can also sign up via email to be notified when new events are posted. The ticket codes are valid until June 18, 2020. In addition to the ticket giveaways, Ticketmaster is also providing $42 million worth of discount vouchers annually over the next four years.
Carl Schlesinger and Peter LoRe filed the class action lawsuit on the basis that Ticketmaster used order processing and delivery fees to dupe users out of additional money.