Ticketmaster Is Taking Scalpers to Court
Higs Tickets could be hit hard, along with hacker pals
Ticketmaster is striking back at scalpers. The entertainment events giant filed a lawsuit against John and Patrick Higgins of Higs Tickets on Wednesday, October 16, in a California district court, alleging that those two launched a “conspiracy to circumvent” legal ticket-obtaining means in order to turn a profit.
But Higs Tickets, Higs Cityside Tickets, and various entities associated with the Massachusetts-based resale companies are accused of regularly flooding Ticketmaster with a literally inhuman amount of reservation attempts — as many as 350,000 in a single 24-hour period, at one point.
Ticketmaster alleges they’ve not only done so using false or misleading information — different accounts, email addresses, IP addresses, physical addresses, credit cards — but by paying for automated devices designed to attack Ticketmaster.com, which were adapted further in the face of Ticketmaster’s security upgrades.
The plaintiff seeks unspecified damages, but cites a handful of ways in which Higs has supposedly screwed everyone over. In addition to depriving consumers of “a fair opportunity to acquire the best available tickets for events,” the alleged scalpers have: violated copyright by cloning Ticketmaster pages; altered on-site data leading to increased operational costs; robbed advertisers and clients of revenue; and driven customers away.
They sell tickets to trials, don’t they?