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Live Nation Hit With Lawsuit Over Service Charges

BALTIMORE, MD (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A Baltimore man has filed suit against promoter giant Live Nation and their Ticketmaster division, alleging that the company overcharged him for tickets to a Jackson Browne concert.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Andre Bourgeois filed the suit in U.S. District Court for Maryland as both an individual and class action suit, opening the door to other aggrieved ticket purchasers to participate in the suit.

Through the suit, Bourgeois alleges that neither Live Nation or Ticketmaster are registered as ticketing agencies in Baltimore, meaning that their "exorbitant" fees violate the city's scalping laws. The suit charges Live Nation with ten counts, including violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, typically used against organized crime and Maryland Consumer Protection Act.

Baltimore City law only allows a .50 cent service charge on tickets, the lawsuit contends, far less than the $12 dollars in service fees attached to the $52 dollar Jackson Browne ticket Bourgeois purchased 2 years ago.

The suit does not seek specific compensation, but the combined damages from the class portion of the suit could amount to more than $5 million, according to the court filing, the Sun reported.

Live Nation did not respond to a request for comment, but typically declines to comment on pending litigation. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers