Ticketmaster Class Action
TICKET REFUND CLASS ACTION – NOTICE OF HEARING TO APPROVE CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND CLASS COUNSEL’S FEES
Class Action Settlement Notice Regarding Ticketmaster Refund Class Action
Beaucage v. Ticketmaster Canada Holdings ULC et al., Ontario Superior Court of Justice, File No: CV-20-00640518-00CP
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (“Court“) has certified this action as a class action for settlement purposes against Ticketmaster Canada Holdings ULC, Ticketmaster Canada ULC, Live Nation Canada, Inc., and Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (collectively, “Ticketmaster” or the “Defendants”).
The Representative Plaintiff, Shayne Beaucage, and the Defendants have entered into a settlement agreement, subject to approval of the Court. The settlement, if approved by the Court, may affect your rights.
The Settlement Agreement will only be valid if it is approved by the Court. A hearing for the approval of the Settlement will be heard by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on December 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom (Zoom Call-In Details can be found here or in the Latest Developments section of this page). Class Counsel will also be seeking approval of a class counsel fee of 30% of the settlement amount, excluding the total value of the gift cards, and disbursements. The total of fees, disbursements, and taxes sought will be $36,979.21. The Representative Plaintiff will also be asking the Court to approve the payment of an honorarium of $500.
If the settlement is not approved, Ticketmaster will oppose certification of the claim as a class action, and the litigation will continue.
Notice of this class action and the proposed settlement has also been sent via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org by the Claims Administrator appointed by the court, JND Legal Administration.
What is this class action about?
The lawsuit, Beaucage v. Ticketmaster Canada Holdings ULC et al., is a class action which alleges that customers who purchased tickets to events that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic were entitled to prompt refunds, in the original form of payment, under the terms of their contracts with Ticketmaster or under consumer protection laws. Ticketmaster denies the allegations and asserts that by November 30, 2020 all ticketholders had been provided refunds or the option to receive refunds for all but 12 events in Canada (excluding Quebec) that had been postponed, rescheduled or canceled after March 11, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Court has approved the lawsuit to proceed as a class action for settlement purposes only, on behalf of the following Class Members:
All individuals residing in Canada, except for Excluded Persons, who purchased one or more Tickets to an event taking place after March 11, 2020 that was postponed, rescheduled or cancelled after that date.
Ticket means any ticket purchased prior to March 11, 2020 for an event in Canada, outside of Quebec, with the use of a computer through the www.ticketmaster.ca website or with the use of a mobile phone or other mobile device using a browser and the www.ticketmaster.ca website or using one of the Defendants’ mobile applications.
Excluded Persons means the Defendants, the past and present parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, senior employees, legal representatives, heirs, predecessors, and the successors and assigns of the Defendants.
The Class Definition excludes individuals who purchased tickets for events taking place in Quebec.
Anyone who falls within the class definition described above is automatically included as a Class Member.
Continuing Class Proceedings in Quebec
There is a similar class action against the Ticketmaster Defendants, which was commenced in Quebec, known as Patterson c. Ticketmaster Canada Holdings (Quebec Superior Court File No.: 500-06-001066-204) (“Patterson case”). The Patterson case is brought on behalf of
“All persons present on the territory of Quebec at the time of purchase of a ticket (regardless of the location where the event is to take place) between May 12, 2017 and May 11, 2020, for an event to take place on March 11, 2020 or after this date, subsequently postponed, rescheduled or cancelled without a full refund to said persons within 15 days of the request for refund”.
The Patterson case was authorized as a class action on May 31, 2022, and is currently ongoing. No settlement or final judgement has been made in the Patterson case.
Individuals who choose to remain in this class action and who also qualify as Class Members in the Patterson action may be limited in their ability to participate in the Patterson class action.
While not admitting liability, and without the Court making any determinations, the Defendants have agreed to a settlement with the Representative Plaintiff, which has a total settlement value of CAD$137,545.
Under the terms of the Settlement, Ticketmaster will provide compensation in the form of a $5 electronic gift card to certain Credit Eligible Class Members for each eligible ticket purchased and an additional CAD$100,000 in full and final settlement of all claims in the class action, which will go toward the payment of the cost of notice and administering the settlement, Class Counsel fees and disbursements, any honorarium awarded to the representative plaintiff and payment to the Class Proceedings Fund. Any remaining amount will be donated to a charity of Ticketmaster’s choice. There will be no distribution to non-Credit Eligible Class Members.
Credit Eligible Class Members are individuals who, prior to March 11, 2020, purchased tickets for an event in Canada, excluding Quebec, taking place after March 11, 2020, that was postponed, rescheduled or cancelled after that date and for which refunds were not available prior to November 30, 2020. The list of events is set out in the Long-Form Notice available on the Documents section of this page.
If you wish to remain in the class action, you do not have to do anything and will automatically be entitled to the benefits under the settlement agreement. If you do not wish to be bound by the settlement agreement, you may opt out or remove yourself from the Class. If you remain in the Class, you may object to the settlement.
Individuals who choose to remain in this class action and who also qualify as Class Members in the Patterson case may be limited in their ability to participate in those proceedings.
Opting Out of the Settlement
If you do not wish to be legally bound by the settlement, you must opt out or remove yourself from the class action. To do so, you must complete and submit the designated Opt Out Form to the Claims Administrator postmarked no later than November 3, 2022.
If you opt out, you cannot object to the Settlement and will not be bound by the Settlement Agreement, and may be eligible to pursue an individual claim.
If you choose not to opt out and to stay in the Class, you may object to the Settlement. If you wish to object to this proposed Settlement, you must submit a written objection by prepaid mail or email to the Claims Administrator by no later than November 13, 2022.
At the Approval hearings, the Courts will consider any objections to the proposed settlement by the Class Members if the objections were received in the manner and by the date set out above. A written objection should include the following information:
- Your name, current mailing address, telephone number and email address associated with your Ticketmaster account
- The reason why you believe that you are a Class Member;
- A brief statement of the nature of and reasons for your objection; and
- Whether you intend to appear at the hearing in person or by counsel, and if by counsel, the name, address, telephone number and email address of counsel.
A long-form notice with more detailed information and a copy of the Opt Out Form is found in the Documents section of this page, along with a copy of the settlement agreement.
You may also contact Class Counsel to obtain further information at email@example.com or call toll-free at: 1-833-630-1788.
In case of any discrepancy between the terms of this notice and the Settlement Agreement, the terms of the Settlement Agreement shall prevail.
January 4, 2023
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved the Settlement Agreement between the representative Plaintiff and Ticketmaster on December 15, 2022. A copy of the Court’s endorsement can be found in the Documents section of this page
November 28, 2022
The Zoom Details for the Settlement Approval Hearing are set out below:
Meeting ID: 673 7941 8271
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September 23, 2022
We are pleased to advise that there is a proposed settlement in this matter. The settlement is subject to Court Approval. A hearing for the approval of the Settlement will be heard by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on December 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom (call-in details will be provided at a later date).
For further information, please review the Website Notice, Long Form Notice and Settlement Agreement found in the Documents section of this page.
- January 4, 2023
- December 15, 2022 Endorsement
- September 29, 2022 Long Form Notice Settlement
- September 29, 2022 Website Notice
- September 23, 2022 Settlement Agreement and Schedules
- September 22, 2022 Opt Out Form
- September 19, 2022 Certification Endorsement
- September 19, 2022 Certification Order
- April 5, 2022 Amended Statement of Claim
- May 5, 2020 Statement of Claim
What is a class action?
A class action is a lawsuit which provides a method for a large group of people with common claims to join together to advance one large claim. Class actions are a more efficient and cost-effective way for groups of people with common claims to gain access to the legal system and seek justice.
What does certification mean?
In order for an action to proceed as a class action, the court must determine whether it is appropriate for the case to be treated as a class action. Some of the factors the courts consider are the extent to which the claims of the class
members are common, and whether a class action is preferable to other methods (such as individual actions) of advancing the issues. The decision as to whether a class action should be certified takes place at a certification hearing and is decided by a judge. If certified, a representative plaintiff will advance the action on behalf of all of the class members.
How do I know if I am a Class Member?
The certification order will always contain a description of who is a class member. We post the certification orders in our actions so that you can review them. You do not need to “sign up” to become involved in a class action. If you are included in the class description, you are automatically a class member who will be affected by the outcome of the class action unless you decide to “opt out”.
Are Class Members notified of the certification of the class proceeding?
Yes. After the claim has been certified, the court will authorize notice to be given to the members of the class.
Can I opt out of a class action and pursue independent legal action?
Yes. When a class action is certified, class members are always given an opportunity to opt out of the action. A deadline is imposed for opting out. If you do not opt out by the given deadline, class members will be bound by the outcome of the class action, whether it is successful or unsuccessful. If you opt out, you will not receive any benefit if the action is successful.
Will there be any cost to class members for legal fees?
Typically, class actions are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that the class action lawyers will be paid only if the class action is successful at trial or settled. In that case, class counsel fees may be paid by the defendants or out of the settlement or judgment proceeds as approved by the court. In addition, the plaintiff may seek funding assistance from the Class Proceeding Fund which, if funding is granted, may provide funding for disbursements.
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