Legal action against firm for overpricing Oscar tickets

January 27th, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Jan 27 (IANS) The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is taking legal action against McMurry Inc., publisher of ‘6′ magazine, for selling overpriced tickets for the Feb 22 Oscar awards ceremony.Tmz.com reports that the case was filed in Federal District Court and it claims McMurry Inc. is selling packages to the Oscars at $175,000. The Academy is concerned that people may unknowingly buy the package without knowing that the tickets are non-transferrable and that the guests would be entering illegally.

The Academy also claims that the defendants are aware of the high security for the event and that people selling these tickets are doing their own security checks for “celebrity stalkers and terrorists”.

The package is being offered on the McMurry site and it’s magazine “6” which includes a week’s stay in a luxury hotel in Los Angeles, a sightseeing trip and tickets to the ceremony.

The Academy wants the courts to put a halt to McMurry Inc and compensatory and punitive damages.

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