For Immediate Release:

January 28, 1999

Contact: Jennifer Salvato, Genene Wiggins 973-504-6327

New Jersey Sues Two Ticket Brokers For Alleged Violation
Of Ticket Scalping Laws

Newark - New Jersey has filed a complaint against two ticket brokers for allegedly reselling New York Jets NFL playoff tickets at prices that ranged from 308 to 349 percent above the tickets' face value, Attorney General Peter Verniero and New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Director Mark S. Herr announced today.

Named as defendants in the complaint are Tri-State Ticket Exchange ("Tri-State") of Old Bridge, New Jersey and 2 On The Aisle, Inc. ("2 On The Aisle") of New York, New York. 2 On The Aisle also conducts business as Tickets-USA, Tickets Unlimited and "1-800-STAGE-90." Both companies resell tickets to various entertainment events in New Jersey and other states.

The six-count complaint alleges that on Dec. 30, 1998, Tri-State charged $250 each for two tickets to the Jets playoff game, held on Jan. 10, 1999 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford. 2 On The Aisle allegedly sold two tickets for the same game for $275 each. The face value of all the tickets sold was $61.25.

"New Jersey State law is very specific about the prices that ticket agents can charge on the resale of tickets to New Jersey events," Verniero said. "A price that exceeds $3 or 20 percent above the ticket's face value, whichever is greater, clearly is in violation of the law."

"We will not tolerate brokers who attempt to sell Jets tickets, or tickets to any other New Jersey event, at a price that is above the amount allowable by law. Brokers who resell tickets for 21 percent or $4 above a ticket's face values are breaking the law. It is that simple." Herr said.

The complaint, filed in Superior Court in Essex County on Jan. 14, 1999, alleges that Tri-State committed additional violations of the Anti-Ticket-Scalping provisions of the Consumer Fraud Act by allegedly failing to:

The State's suit seeks injunctive relief, and penalties, and restitution for consumers. Both companies face civil penalties of $7,500 for each violation of the Consumer Fraud Act.

Deputy Attorney General Christopher J. Dalton of the Division of Law is handling this case for the State.

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