9:17 PM EST, January 18, 2013
In a decision that could have implications for how show and sports tickets are sold in Baltimore, the state's highest court ruled Friday that service fees charged by Ticketmaster amount to scalping — setting up the possibility that people who attended some events might ultimately be eligible for refunds
Whether the ruling will result in refunds for people who attended games at Camden Yards, performances at the Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric or shows at other major venues in the city will depend on how the U.S. District Court for Maryland decides on several unresolved questions.
Service charges are "a way of masking the real price for consumers and driving up the cost," said Marty Wolf of Towson-based Gordon & Wolf, which brought the lawsuit. The decision, he said, could affect "almost every venue in the city."