A Canadian law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster for allegedly gouging ticket prices for Drake’s upcoming tour, the toronto star reports. Montreal-based firm LPC Avocat Inc. claims the ticketing giant “intentionally misleads consumers for its own financial gain.”
According to the complaint, obtained by the toronto star, a Montreal man bought two “Official Platinum” seats to Drake’s July 14 concert at the Bell Center, each costing $789.54. The next day, a new show (on July 15) was supposedly added to Ticketmaster with the same seats listed at about $350 less.
In the lawsuit, LPC Avocat Inc. alleges that Ticketmaster knew in advance about Drake’s July 15 concert, but withheld the information. He also alleges that the “Platinum Official” seats were ordinary seats sold “at an artificially inflated premium in bad faith.”
He toronto star reports that the plaintiffs are seeking “compensatory damages in the full amount of the difference between the prices charged for ‘Official Platinum’ tickets and what their regular price should have been,” according to the lawsuit. They are also seeking $300 per client in punitive damages.
Ticketmaster is currently facing multiple lawsuits for fraud, price fixing, anti-competitive behavior and more, especially in regards to the fiasco surrounding Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour ticket sales. The company also faces a Senate hearing and an antitrust investigation for abuse of power. Swift, The Cure, Neil Young and others have publicly criticized Ticketmaster for misusing their monopoly in the field of ticketing.
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives from Ticketmaster and Drake for further information and comment.