Taylor Swift fans now have a great war ahead of themselves since they have sued Ticketmaster's parent company as Revenge (legally though), for the chaos they created last month over botched Eras Tour ticket sales.
What: The 33-page complaint, which was filed against Ticketmaster's parent, Live Nation Entertainment by 26 plaintiffs from 13 US states, alleges Ticketmaster of fraud, misrepresentation and antitrust violations.
🚨| Taylor Swift fans have officially sued Ticketmaster for their sale of Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ tickets!— The Eras Tour (@tswifterastour) December 3, 2022
The lawsuit, filed by the fans, accuses Ticketmaster of ‘intentional deception’ and alleges fraud, price fixing and antitrust violations. pic.twitter.com/uOMzVtfliM
Swifties (the moniker for Taylor Swift fans) are seeking a penalty of $2,500 for each violation, which could add up to millions based on the number of angered fans who did not receive tickets.
What exactly was the Ticket Master fiasco: According to the complaint filed, Ticketmaster imposed higher prices on music concert attendees in the presale, sale, and resale market.
i don't want a lot for christmas there is just one thing i need, a set of taylor swift the eras tour tickets underneath the christmas tree pic.twitter.com/6qWJuzDUd1— Brittany Gibson (@brittanygibsonn) December 5, 2022
When the sale for the tickets opened for Taylor Swift fans on November 15, 2022, the company's website crashed because of the fan demand, (which according to the company was exponentially more than they expected). While tons of fans did get into the queue and had to wait for over two hours to get a chance at purchasing tickets, other fans were blind-sided by being sent to a wait list.
me whenever I check ticketmaster for Taylor Swift tickets:— brandon (@bradsbarbecue) December 4, 2022
The disaster continued the next day; and on November 18, the company decided to put an end to the sale of the tickets.
November 15, 2022
Swift's reaction to the fiasco: Even though Taylor didn't name the company directly, she said that the whole situation "really pisses me off".
What Ticketmaster said: The company released a statement after the incident, in which they apologised for the debacle and said the traffic was unprecedented, with 3.5 billion total system requests.
They also stated that, due to the company's confirmed method for removing bots, the amount of tickets sold has already broken records, with more than 2 million sold - the most in history.
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