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New Jersey 'Ticket Transparency' Bill Passes Assembly but No Senate Action Yet

Thursday, February 6, 2014   (0 Comments) (12/27/13) Brennan, John

The New Jersey Assembly recently passed a bill its sponsors say will "protect consumers by restructuring New Jersey's ticket sale law to bring transparency into the market, enhance consumer protections, and protect a consumer's ability to buy, sell, and give away tickets." Operators of arenas and stadiums warn that if passed, the bill could antagonize music acts, which might opt to perform concerts in states without such provisions. The bill calls for ticket issuers to publish a notice on their websites stipulating certain information about the sale and disposition of tickets for entertainment events, including the overall number of tickets issued for the entertainment event. Websites also would need to ensure that the number of tickets disclosed adds up to 100 percent of the seating capacity for the place of entertainment in the configuration used for the entertainment event. In addition, the legislation would bar the use of software or technology that enables the purchase of tickets in excess of limits set by an issuer, but would allow the use of paperless tickets if certain conditions are met. The use of a paperless ticketing system would be prohibited unless the ticket purchaser is given the option to purchase paperless tickets that the purchaser can transfer at any price and at any time without additional fees, independent of the ticket issuer.

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