Case marks the first enforcement of Washington’s ticket
(OLYMPIA, WA.) – Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced
yesterday that two Massachusetts-based ticket-buying companies will
pay Washington state $60,000 for using “ticket bot”
software, a violation of Washington’s Ticket Sellers Act.
Find My Seats LLC and Box Office
Pros LLC, both
owned by Taylor Kurth, used ticket bots to complete hundreds of
transactions in Washington, according to the
“These transactions included tickets to events at major
venues in King County, such as the Paramount Theater, CenturyLink
Field, Safeco Field and Key Arena,” said the statenent from
Ferguson’s office. “Among the affected events were
Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour, Justin Bieber’s
Purpose World Tour, an Adele concert and Mariners games.”
After using bots to purchase a large number of tickets, Kurth
resold tickets for $30 to $200 more per ticket than the original sale
“When bots scoop up the good seats in a matter of minutes,
they force actual customers to buy their tickets at inflated prices,”
Ferguson said. “That’s not fair to consumers or the
venues hosting them.”
Bots – what they are and do
Ticket bots are computer programs used to quickly buy large
quantities of tickets online to popular concerts and sporting events.
The software helps scalpers skirt website security measures meant to
limit the number of tickets one person can purchase. Bots target the
most desirable seats, allowing scalpers to resell them minutes later
at inflated prices.
In 2015, Ferguson proposed legislation prohibiting the use and
sale of ticket bots in Washington state. The Legislature passed the
bill, and this case marks the first enforcement action of the law,
known as the Ticket Sellers Act.
Former State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, who now
the King County Council, and then-Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim,
who now represents the 24th district in the Senate, sponsored the
“It is unfair that people who work hard all day and save
their money to attend a show or concert they are excited about or
root for their favorite team at the stadium can’t attend the
event because some large ticket reseller has purchased all the
tickets and then raised the cost to an outrageous price,”
Kohl-Welles said at the time.
Kurth’s companies buy tickets to resell them on third-party
websites such as StubHub.
In a consent
decree filed in King County Superior Court, Kurth agreed to
Pay $60,000 in costs
Cease all actions that
violate Washington’s Ticket Sellers Act; and
Cease use of any software intended to evade a
ticket-selling website’s security measures in Washington.
Assistant Attorney General Andrea Alegrett led the case for