COLUMBUS — Under a settlement announced Tuesday, ticket reseller StubHub will issue refunds to thousands of Ohioans who purchased tickets to events that were later canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio, nine other states and the District of Columbia initiated a coordinated investigation after receiving numerous complaints from consumers that StubHub was violating its own policy under the “FanProtect Guarantee.”
The policy stated that consumers would receive full refunds on ticket purchases, including fees, if events were canceled. StubHub suspended that policy in March 2020 after the mass cancellation of events triggered by COVID concerns.
The California-based company began denying refund requests, instead telling consumers that they would receive credits equal to 120% of their purchases for future events.
The policy change affected more than 12,000 consumers who had bought tickets to Ohio events through StubHub before March 25, 2020.
“We’d all like a refund from the ride COVID has taken us on, but in this case there was written policy not followed,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a news release.
StubHub has agreed to settle a complaint filed Tuesday by Yost in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The consent agreement includes an injunction that requires StubHub to:
- Honor its refund policies;
- Not change its refund policies for purchased tickets unless the purchasing consumer consents to the change;
- Promptly process any refund requests it receives going forward for the events at issue.
The agreement also assesses a $654,100 civil penalty, which is suspended provided that StubHub pays the refunds owed to Ohio consumers and does not violate the other terms of the agreement.
Consumers who have not been contacted by StubHub and believe they are entitled to a refund can contact either StubHub at 866-788-2482 or the Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.
Joining Ohio in the settlement were the offices of the attorneys general in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.