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Ticketmaster advertising display outside the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop in Washington, D.C. June 6, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM Ticketmaster advertising display outside the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop in Washington, D.C. June 6, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York on Friday announced that more than $31 million in civil penalties will be assessed as part of the resolution of the first enforcement actions brought under the Better Online Ticket Sales Act since the law was passed in 2016.

Three New York-based companies and their owners were accused of circumventing Ticketmaster’s restrictions on multiple accounts to obtain tens of thousands of tickets for sporting events and performances, including Elton John concerts, according to the complaints. The tickets were resold, often at increased prices, for millions of dollars, according to the complaints.

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Jane Wester

Jane Wester is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal. Email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @janewester.

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