Actions for Violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales Act

Actions for Violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales Act

Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Announce First Enforcement Actions for Violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales Act

Three Settlements Impose Millions of Dollars in Civil Penalties and Injunctive Terms

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (STL.News) The Department of Justice and the United States Attorney Office for the Eastern District of New York, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today announced three settlements resolving alleged violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act.  These are the first enforcement actions that the Department and the FTC have brought under the BOTS Act.

Enacted in 2016, the BOTS Act aims to prevent ticket brokers from buying large numbers of event tickets and reselling them to interested customers at inflated prices.  The BOTS Act prohibits a person from circumventing access controls or measures used by online ticket sellers (such as Ticketmaster) to enforce ticket-purchasing limits.  It also prevents the resale of tickets obtained by knowingly circumventing access controls.

As alleged in the three complaints filed by the United States in the Eastern District of New York, the defendants—Just In Time Tickets, Inc. and its owner Evan Kohanian; Concert Specials, Inc. and its owner Steven Ebrani; and Cartisim Corp.

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