Another class-action lawsuit has been filed stemming from Baltimore’s Truman-era ticket surcharge law, this one against the operator of Rams Head Live and Pier Six Pavilion.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court, seeks damages for money collected by Rams Head at Baltimore LLC from plaintiffs “in excess of the regular or established price of their tickets.” On Monday, a federal judge limited a similar lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (formerly Ticketmaster), Monumental Ticketing Limited Partnership and the Lyric Opera House to those damages, under the theory of “money had and received.”
Both sets of plaintiffs are represented by Gordon, Wolf & Carney Chtd. in Towson.
The named plaintiff in the state lawsuit, John Bogdan Jr., alleges he purchased a ticket to a Kix concert in September 2012 that was advertised for $25 but cost him $33 because of “Excess Charges,” according to the lawsuit.
A 1949 Baltimore anti-scalping law placed a 50-cent cap on ticket surcharges. The Maryland Court of Appeals found the surcharge law was still in effect in January 2013, leading the Baltimore City Council to eliminate the cap temporarily last March, and permanently last July.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday acknowledges the change in law but says members of the prospective plaintiffs’ class all purchased tickets prior to the City Council amending the ordinance.