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Weezevent victorious in legal tussle with Billetweb founder

Two years of legal proceedings over the unauthorised access of customer data have ended with an appeal being rejected in France's Court of Cassation

By Molly Long on 05 Jun 2018

Weezevent founders Pierre-Henri Deballon (left) and Sebastien Tonglet

Weezevent founders Pierre-Henri Deballon (left) and Sebastien Tonglet

In 2015, French RFID/online ticketing company Weezevent accused the founder of Billetweb of fraudulent access to its data system. Billetweb, a self-service ticketing platform, was said to have benefited from personal data obtained from Weezevent’s customer database using fraudulent means.

After stealing this data, it was reported that customers of Weezevent were solicited by email to instead sell their tickets with its competitor, Billetweb.

The court case that ensued would take two years to reach a final decision, after judgments made throughout the period were appealed by both sides. Last week, proceedings finally came to a close, reports Ma Gestion Billetterie.

In November of 2017 the Paris Court of Appeal found against Billetweb, sentencing its founder to pay a fine of several thousand euros as consequence of its fraudulent actions towards Weezevent.

This final decision brings the two-year legal battle to a close

This result was appealed and was in turn taken to France’s Court of Cassation.

A court of cassation is a last-resort court that does not seek to re-examine the facts of a case – instead, it only interprets the law that is relevant to the case. In its judgment of the Weezevent v. Billetweb case, the court upheld the ruling of the previous court and therefore did not accept the appeal by Billetweb’s founder.

After this decision, and on top of the fine from November, the founder was ordered to pay a further €2,500 to pay for the company’s legal costs.

As reported by Ma Gestion Billetterie, this final decision brings the two-year legal battle to a close.


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