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Eventbrite and Wantickets settle long-running suit

The warring ticketing companies have agreed to end their legal battle over the defection of execs Diego Carlin and Barak Schurr, with no admission of guilt on either side

By Jon Chapple on 14 May 2018

Diego Carlin is now chief revenue officer of SquadUp

Diego Carlin is now chief revenue officer of SquadUp

Club ticketer Wantickets has agreed to settle its long-running legal dispute with Eventbrite, with both parties mutually agreeing to terminate the “time-consuming” litigation and pay their own costs.

Wantickets, an US ticket agency for dance music and nightclub events, sued Eventbrite in November 2016 over claims the it “actively encouraged and participated in a series of disloyal acts” involving former employees Diego Carlin and Barak Schurr, who joined Eventbrite in July the same year.

Carlin, Schurr and Eventbrite were accused of “redirecting business away” from Wantickets to Eventbrite while the two execs were still employed by the former company.

Now Wantickets sues Eventbrite

An attempt by Eventbrite in December 2016 to have the suit dismissed was unsuccessful.

After more than 18 months of litigation, the two companies agreed on 7 May to mutually end the legal battle, according to court documents, with each agreeing to bear their own legal fees and costs.

“[T]o avoid the further expense and uncertainty of time-consuming litigation, and without any admission of liability by any of the parties, the parties have agreed to settle their dispute with respect to the litigation,” reads a letter signed by lawyers Joseph Cohen, representing Wantickets, and Michael Ng, representing Eventbrite.

The lawsuit is therefore “discontinued and dismissed with prejudice” – ie permanently, preventing the two from suing each other over the same issue in future.

Eventbrite declined to comment.

Wantickets was acquired by LiveXLive, the live music streaming company, last July, after a deal to be bought by Eventbrite reportedly fell through.


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