A lawsuit between two ticketing brands that are no longer operational has been settled in San Francisco.
Last month, attorneys for Ticketfly filed a request for dismissal of their lawsuit against Crowdtorch over a client poaching case with Parish Entertainment in a case that has outlasted the lives of both Ticketfly and Crowdtorch. Ticketfly was purchased by Eventbrite in 2017 with the company announcing they were sunsetting the Ticketfly brand in November. Vendini bought (and eventually absorbed) Crowdtorch in 2015. The two firms were fighting over a 2014 ticketing contract for venues including the New Parish in Oakland signed by former club owner Jason Perkins, who has since sold part of his stake in the Parish and left the country (and is believed to be living in Israel).
In the 2014 lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, Ticketfly’s attorney accused Perkins of reneging on an exclusive ticketing deal he had signed with Ticketfly, accepting a $110,000 advance to renew his contract in 2014, only to become upset four months later when he learned that rival ticketing companies like Crowdtorch were willing to pay more that four times that amount.
Ticketfly co-founder Andrew Dreskin — who now serves as head of music at Eventbrite — said in a sworn declaration that Ticketfly had offered to modify the agreement, but Perkins was unhappy and breached the terms in November of 2014. Perkins signed with Crowdtorch for a $500,000 signing bonus and Dreskin now says Parish owes Ticketfly $97,706 in outstanding payments from the signing bonus and another $418,445 in lost profits.
Ticketfly also sued Crowdtorch for contractual interference, and now, more than three years after a complaint was filed, appears to have agreed to drop the charges after new owners Vendini filed a motion to dismiss in October.
Vendini also filed a lawsuit against Parish for defaulting on the 2014 deal and failing to pay back $323,000 from unrecouped advances stemming from the $500,000, four-year agreement. Attorneys for Vendini say Parish breached the contract when they signed a 2016 ticketing deal with Ticketmaster-controlled TicketWeb. Perkins has since repaid the $323,000 to Vendini following a judge’s order.
The lawsuit between Parish and Ticketfly’s owners at Eventbrite could also be nearing a settlement. Allen Scott from Another Planet Entertainment purchased the New Parish in October and has a working relationship with Eventbrite, which is now ticketing the venue. It’s unclear if a settlement is possible.