You read that right: if you purchased any ticket from Ticketmaster between the dates of October 21, 1999 and October 19, 2011, you’re entitled to a retroactive refund of $1.50 per ticket. If Ramen is your main dietary staple, congrats! You won’t go hungry for another week.
The news comes from a class-action lawsuit filed against Ticketmaster for deceptive practices (shocking!), profiting off of “processing fees” which were misrepresented to customers. Ticketmaster also got knocked for shady hikes to UPS express delivery charges, a subclass of the suit which rewards you with a cool $5 per ticket on your past orders that were shipped via UPS Express. Both refunds come in the form of vouchers redeemable against future orders (max two per order).
Full information, including eligibility and redemption procedures, can be found on the Ticketmaster Refund Litigation site. You’ll have to be a little bit patient, though – refunds won’t be distributed until after the Final Approval of the settlement, which is currently scheduled for May 29, 2012.
All in all, Ticketmaster is on the hook for a minimum of $46,000,000 in payouts over the 4-year payout period – if in any year less than $11.5 million finds its way to customers, Ticketmaster must donate the balance of that sum to charity.
One final note: this ruling doesn’t mean it’s illegal for Ticketmaster to charge exorbitant ticketing fees – only that those fees must be honestly represented in the ticket buying process. Ticketmaster is still welcome to milk ticket buyers for all they’re worth, so long as they cheerily inform us of their intentions before we click Purchase.