Coachella is Suing Ticket Scalpers, Threatening To Eject Those With Transferred Wristbands
Coachella has filed a federal lawsuit against a Los Angeles based company, accusing them of scalping wristbands, including artists passes.
According to The Desert Sun, Coachella filed the lawsuit Wednesday, accusing Particle LLC and owner Denise Kozlowski of reselling purchased wristbands - which by Coachella's rules are non-transferrable. Kozlowski sent out an email earlier in the month advertising rental properties in La Quinta for the weekends of the festivals. Her email also included the statement "I also have VIP, Guest and Artist passes for sale. Please inquire for more details."
Unauthorized transfers prohibited
All publicly sold Wristbands are for use by the original authorized purchaser and their invited guest(s) only (each an “Authorized Purchaser”), and are not transferable by the Authorized Purchaser, any of their invited guests, or any other person. Likewise, all Wristbands provided to performing artists, production personnel, vendors, sponsors, and other guests of the Event producer (each an “Authorized Recipient”), are for use by the Authorized Recipient and his or her invited guest(s) only, and are not transferable by the Authorized Recipient, his or her invited guest(s), or any other person. Authorized Purchasers and Authorized Recipients are referred to individually as a “User”. Wristbands obtained from unauthorized sources may be counterfeit and are worthless.
Except as provided herein, Wristbands may not be sold, transferred, or used for any form of commercial or trade purposes, including but not limited to promotions, contests, commercial or advertising purposes, housing, hotels, vacation rentals, sweepstakes, charitable giveaways, or other activities absent the Event producer’s prior written consent. Any wristbands used in violation of this provision shall be deemed revoked and void, and their bearers deemed trespassers at the Event.
Resale or attempted resale of Wristbands is grounds for termination of the license and cancellation of the Wristband.
In spite of these rules, it's fairly common to see wristbands being scalped on Craigslist and social media. However, given the seriousness of this lawsuit, perhaps this might change in the future.
Coachella argues in the lawsuit that "unwitting members of the public" who purchase scalped wristbands from Particle would be denied entry or ejected from the festival. The exact monetary figure Coachella is seeking in damages in the suit is not available at this time, but given the following statement, we assume it is quite substantial.
“Money damages cannot fully repair the damage that will be done to (Coachella’s) reputation and goodwill if it must turn away would-be festival attendees because they have unwittingly purchased void passes from defendants.”