Lawsuit filed over 2010 Games ticket resales

Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:01am EDT
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By Allan Dowd

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Organizers of the 2010 Olympics have gone to court to block the resale of tickets to the Winter Games in Vancouver, and to find out who is making them available to a reseller.

The Vancouver Organizing Committee has vowed to stop the ticket scalping, and complained last year an unnamed national Olympic committee was already trying resell the tickets it will receive as part of Games operations.

The suit filed on Tuesday against Coast2Coast Tickets accuses the company of trademark violations and breaking VANOC's agreements with ticket buyers, national Olympic groups and sponsors that no tickets will be resold.

The allegations contained in the statement of claim have not been proven in court.

Ticket scalping is not illegal in Vancouver, but VANOC said its agreement with ticket holders prohibits their transfer or resale without the organization's approval.

The suit in British Columbia Supreme Court also names as defendants "persons unknown" who have conspired to make the tickets available to Coast2Coast. It asks the court to order the company to disclose who it is dealing with.


An effort to reach the Vancouver-based company for comment was not immediately successful.   Continued...