Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Grand final scalping injunction

In my haste to get into chambers this morning, I misread this morning's printed 'the Age' newspaper and assumed that that the injunction hearing for the alleged Grand Final ticket 'scalping' company 'Ticket Flinders' was to be heard today (being 27/9/11). I was in the Practice Court today and feared that because of this hearing, my matter wouldn't be reached, or at least would be heard in the afternoon.

To my relief, it appears that the injunction hearing was heard before Kaye J yesterday (26/9/11) and an injunction was obtained restraining the businesses 'Sion Events' and 'TPTG Holdings' from selling tickets to the Grand Final.

Here's the extract from the Age online version:
VICTORIA'S Supreme Court has placed an injunction on an allegedly dodgy ticket agency that is scalping tickets for this Saturday's AFL grand final for up to $1750.
The injunction, issued by Justice Stephen Kaye, relates to an internet ticket broking agency called Ticket Finders which is not authorised to sell highly sought-after tickets to the event. 
Justice Kaye has also ordered that the directors of the business, operating as Sion Events and TPTG Holdings - Tom Gilmartin and David McGuire - refrain from advertising, selling, re-selling or distributing tickets to the event.
The injunction was sought by the state government's Department of Planning and Community Development, which administers the Major Sporting Events Act to ensure there is transparency and fairness in the manner in which tickets are sold to the general public for popular sporting events. 
Grand final tickets cannot be sold without written AFL permission or resold at a premium, with offenders facing fines of up to $6000 for individuals and $30,000 for companies.
An affidavit states the Ticket Finders website is selling grand final tickets that have been sourced from ''various suppliers within the industry'' and include a premium charged by the source whom the organisation has bought the tickets from. The agency is also accused of illegally advertising and selling tickets to last year's JB Were Masters golf tournament.

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