Ticketmaster Sued for Allegedly Price Gouging Drake Tickets

A Montreal firm's class action suit argues that the corporation "intentionally misleads consumers for [its] own financial gain"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 24, 2023

A few months following the radicalization of our US neighbours, it's safe to say the Ticketmaster fisaca has now officially reached Canada. Not only has Neil Young declared that touring is broken because of the ticketing monopoly, but a Montreal-based law firm has now filed a class action lawsuit against the corporation over the price of Drake tickets.

LPC Avocat Inc. is alleging that Ticketmaster price-gouged tickets to the rapper's forthcoming It's All a Blur North American tour — that is technically with 21 Savage, but it has since been confirmed that the American will not be present for the Canadian shows despite the fact that Drake claims he "runs the border" — and that the corporation "intentionally misleads consumers for [its] own financial gain" [via The Toronto Star].

As per the complaint obtained by The Star, a Montreal man bought two "Official Platinum" seats for the July 14 Bell Centre concert at a rate of $789.54 CAD each. Allegedly, a second show (on July 15) was added to Ticketmaster the very next day — and the same seats were listed for around $350 less.

The document sees LPC Avocat Inc. argue that the ticketing giant knew about the second Montreal show in advance, but purposefully withheld the information. It also deemed Ticketmaster's "Official Platinum" seats as being completely ordinary tickets, simply sold "at an artificially inflated premium in bad faith."

If approved by the Quebec Superior Court, plaintiffs are reportedly seeking "compensatory damages in the aggregate amount of the difference between the prices charged for 'Official Platinum' tickets and what their regular price ought to have been," as well as $300 per customer in damages.

At least two groups of Taylor Swift fans have sued Ticketmaster following last year's disastrous presale for the Eras tour, alleging price-fixing, fraud and more. The Swifties got the issue to the US Senate in January, with a judiciary committee in Washington investigating the ticketing service's preeminence in the industry.

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