Attorneys for Live Nation say they bear no responsibility for the poor sales of I Love the 90s: The Party Continues and are pushing back on claims from Universal Attractions Agency that the promoter purposely misrepresented prices for the tour.
UAA alleges that when customers logged in for the concert’s presale, they were only shown prices for premium tickets, effectively killing sales of GA tickets for the concert that included appearances by 90s stars like TLC, Naughty by Nature, Blackstreet, Mark McGrath, CC Music Factory and Biz Markie.
UAA’s lawsuit alleges that only showing premium tickets killed the tour’s dates at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and at Vino Robles in Paso Robles, California. Nederlander Concerts, which books Vino Robles, was forced to pay a $60,000 cancellation fee because of the ticketing flop.
Ticketmaster’s attorney argued that the problem occurred because fans without the presale code could only see the premium VIP tickets. Only after entering the code could they see the more moderately priced tickets. They argue the fault for this presale code kerfuffle lies with the promoter and not Ticketmaster.
“There is no allegation that any consumer was deceived into paying a price other than the advertised price, and no allegation that any concert promoter claimed a breach of contract with Ticketmaster for failure to sell tickets at the correct prices,” the response from attorney Sandra A. Crawshaw-Sparks reads.
“The IL90s tour did not sell as many tickets as (UAA) hoped,” the suit reads, later writing “the remaining allegations do not support any of Plaintiff’s claims, and at best tell nothing more than a story of a promoter disappointed in its ticket sales.”
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