Less than two weeks ago Major League Baseball, their ticket sponsor and all 30 teams were the subject of a lawsuit brought forth by fans seeking refunds as the 2020 regular season remains indefinitely suspended.
Milberg Phillips Grossman LLP has since filed an amended complaint to include additional named class representatives who purchased tickets from the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics.
The amended complaint also includes additional allegations requesting the Court order the imposition of a constructive trust for Plaintiffs’ money from ticket purchasers from MLB teams, Ticketmaster and Stubhub.
Plus an additional court order (i) requiring an accounting for all of the money taken from all ticket purchasers; (ii) requiring Defendants to return ticket purchasers’ money; and (iii) prohibiting any Defendant from soliciting any future purchases of 2020 MLB regular season tickets until a date to be determined by the Court.
“Each day that the teams keep the ticket holders’ money is unfair and allows them to profit off the backs of loyal fans,” Milberg Partner Marc Grossman said.
“We have added to our complaint asking the Court to order that money be placed in a constructive trust so that all can be assured that a refund of the entire ticket price and ancillary costs will be available to the fans. Anything less than a complete and immediate refund to the MLB ticket purchasers will be unfair.”
One week after Spring Training was cancelled, Camelback Ranch announced all tickets purchased direct through them, Dodgers.com, WhiteSox.com or Tickets.com, were to be automatically refunded to the credit card originally used.
On Tuesday, MLB reportedly provided teams with authority to implement their own ticket refund policies. In a statement last month, the Dodgers in part said, “In coordination with MLB, we will provide more information about our plans, including our ticket policy for impacted games, as soon as it is available.
“We appreciate your patience as we work with MLB and local health and government agencies towards a resolution that is best for the continued safety of the entire extended Dodger family.”
The Dodgers then announced their ticket refund and credit policies on Thursday morning, beginning the process of getting loyal fans their money back.
The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams that subsequently announced ticket refund policies in the wake of MLB’s decision. Though, that’s not considered much action from the plaintiffs of the lawsuit.
“MLB has done nothing, and to date has made no official or unofficial statement concerning refunds,” Milberg Partner Peggy Wedgworth said. “The fact that it has taken the filing of our lawsuit to prompt MLB and the teams to allegedly begin the discussion of possible refunds without any announcement to date is concerning. This radio silence cannot stand.”
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