The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission announced on Friday that three Long Island-based ticket brokers had agreed to pay about 7. 7.7 million to settle violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act. As per the announcements, this is the first enforcement step taken by the department and FTC under BOTS Act.
Companies – Time Tickets owned by Evan Kohanian; Concert Specials owned by Steven Ebrani; And Simon Ebrani-owned Curtisim Corporation – has been accused of violating the 2016 BOTS Act, which aims to prevent ticket brokers from buying tickets to a large number of events and resell them to interested customers at inflated prices. This law prohibits access controls or measures by online ticket sellers such as Ticketmaster to restrict ticket purchases. This prevents the resale of tickets obtained by knowingly restricting access controls.
As has been alleged in the three lawsuits filed in the United States, the three companies violated the BOTS Act by purchasing thousands of tickets from ticketmasters that they later sold for millions of dollars in revenue, often with significant markup. The defendants allegedly created accounts in the names of family members, friends, and fictitious individuals, and used hundreds of credit cards to impose ticketmaster restrictions on users with multiple accounts; They have been accused of using ticket bots for tests designed to deter inhumane visitors, and allegations that the defendants used programs to hide the IP addresses of all the computers they used to purchase.
“These defendants have been accused of cheating the system to the detriment of consumers,” said Brian Byanton, assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice’s civil department. “Today’s filing notices that the judiciary will enforce appropriate online ticket sales laws in appropriate cases. We are pleased to work with our partners at the Federal Trade Commission on this and other issues important to consumers. “
“Those who violate the BOTS Act cheat fans by forcing them to pay exorbitant prices to attend concerts, theater performances and sports events,” said Seth D. Ducharm, the U.S. attorney in charge of New York’s Eastern District. “This office will spare no effort to ban fraudulent practices that harm consumers.”
Just In Time Ticket Inc. in three orders made by the court. And বিরুদ্ধে 31 million against Kohanian – ২ 11.2 million, Concert Special Inc. And Steven Ebrani has been fined $ 18 million and Cortisim Corporation and Simon Ebrani have been fined 4.4 million. However, due to the inability to pay these amounts, the DOJ and FTC allow suspension of a portion of such national penalties if the defendants comply with certain conditions, the declaration said.
However, companies are exempt from paying full fines if they agree to meet certain additional conditions without using ticket bots or other computer programs in access controls without concealing IP addresses. Computers used to purchase tickets and to buy tickets from any credit or debit account in the name of the defendant or anyone other than their corporate officers and employees. Defendants must maintain records and provide a compliance report to the government.