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State's high court equates Ticketmaster fees with scalping
State's high court equates Ticketmaster fees with scalping

In a decision that could have implications for how show and sports tickets are sold in Baltimore, the state's highest court ruled Friday that service fees charged by Ticketmaster amount to scalping — setting up the possibility that people who attended some events might ultimately be eligible for refunds. The ruling, which stems from a class action lawsuit brought in federal court in 2011, relies on an obscure 1948 Baltimore ordinance rushed through the City Council to curb scalping of Navy football tickets. But it underscores a modern frustration many concertgoers and sports fans have had with service charges that are frequently tacked on by ticket vendors. Whether the ruling...

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