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Third Circuit Court of Appeals Says No Standing for Football Fans Who Did Not Buy Super Bowl Tickets Directly on on the Secondary Market

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Says No Standing for Football Fans Who Did Not Buy Super Bowl Tickets Directly on on the Secondary Market

Two football fans from New Jersey who alleged that the National Football League violated that state’s consumer protection law by not making sufficient numbers of Super Bowl tickets available for sale to the public did not have standing to bring a proposed class action, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month. The court said that the fans had suffered no injuries since netter had participated in the NFL’s ticket lottery, nor had they purchased tickets on the secondary…

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In Litigation Relating to Secondary Market For Football Tickets, Courts Dismiss One Fan’s Lawsuit, While Another Fan’s Case Goes Forward

In Litigation Relating to Secondary Market For Football Tickets, Courts Dismiss One Fan’s Lawsuit, While Another Fan’s Case Goes Forward

Secondary Insurance Market Blog focuses on the secondary markets for insurance products, and the the laws (or lack thereof) relating to such markets. Sometimes, in understanding the legalities, it can be a useful exercise to take a look at other types of secondary markets, and so at times, this blog has featured posts on secondary markets that involve things other than insurance. One such non-insurance market is the market for entertainment tickets.  In fact, this is one market that many people are…

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Secondary Market For Super Bowl Tickets: What Does The Law Say?

Secondary Market For Super Bowl Tickets: What Does The Law Say?

The Super Bowl is around the corner, and the sale, and re-sale, of tickets is occurring apace. The re-sale is happening on the secondary market for tickets, and some have questioned the legality of certain such sales. A round of news stories on the topic could be nearly endless, but here is a sampling: Area Snowman Sues NFL Over Super Bowl Ticket Prices New Jersey suit: Super Bowl tickets improperly not sold at face value New Jersey fan sues NFL…

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Federal Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal Of ‘Illegal Lottery’ Lawsuit Over NCAA Basketball Tournament Tickets

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal Of ‘Illegal Lottery’ Lawsuit Over NCAA Basketball Tournament Tickets

On April 21, 2011, the Indiana Supreme Court . . . held that the NCAA's ticket-distribution process, as alleged by Plaintiffs, was not an illegal lottery under Indiana law and, therefore, declined to reach the remaining questions presented. . . .  In light of the Indiana Supreme Court's express determination that the scheme alleged by Plaintiffs does not constitute an illegal lottery under the laws of Indiana, we now AFFIRM the judgment of the district court. So ruled the Seventh…

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Plaintiff Swings, Misses, As Court Dismisses Ticket Lawsuit Against StubHub, eBay, New York Yankees

Plaintiff Swings, Misses, As Court Dismisses Ticket Lawsuit Against StubHub, eBay, New York Yankees

As baseball fans in the East experience weather-related disruptions this weekend, it's perhaps a good time to take a break and mention a case from earlier this summer when the New York Yankees won a dismissal of a lawsuit involving the secondary market for tickets. Weinstein v. eBay, Inc., No. 10 Civ. 8310(JFK), 2011 WL 2555861 (S.D.N.Y. June 27, 2011), involved claims against StubHub, the New York Yankees, and eBay.  The court ruled that the plaintiff's claim should be dismissed, as the allegations…

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No Prize, So No Lottery, Indiana Supreme Court Says About NCAA’s Ticket Distribution Plan

No Prize, So No Lottery, Indiana Supreme Court Says About NCAA’s Ticket Distribution Plan

Some of the issues that arise in the secondary market for event tickets – often referred to as scalping – can shed light on other types of secondary markets.  One high-profile case involving ticket sales has focused on a plan used by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to randomly allocate tickets to the men's basketball Final Four and other championship events. The would-be class action plaintiffs alleged that the plan was an illegal lottery.  At the federal district court, they saw their case…

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Over to the Home Court

Over to the Home Court

The Indiana Supreme Court has now accepted the certified question from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals about whether the National Collegiate Athletic Association's method of allocating seat's to the NCAA's Final Four basketball games and other tournaments constitutes an illegal lottery under Indiana law.  A description of the opinion from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, is here.  The Indiana Supreme Court, like the NCAA, is based in Indianapolis and has also decided that the matter warrants…

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Winning the Lottery, NCAA-Style

Winning the Lottery, NCAA-Style

The secondary market for event tickets often raises questions about the legality of the transactions, whether they are characterized as "scalping" or not.  This decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals poses a different set of questions about the legality of a lottery for event tickets.  More particularly, as reported by Reuters (via How Appealing): "A federal appeals court halted a lawsuit accusing the National Collegiate Athletic Association of running an illegal lottery in allocating seats to basketball's Final…

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The Olympics and the ‘Secondary Market’

The Olympics and the ‘Secondary Market’

This year, we have had the chance to watch exciting sporting events, that include the World Cup (about to reach its culmination in the Spain vs. Netherlands match-up), as well as a 2010 winter Olympics that ended in February with a thrilling overtime game for the hockey gold medal. So, what do sporting events have to do with the secondary market for insurance products?  Well, there are other secondary markets, some of which provide lessons and insight into the legal and financial principles…

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