Diehard Coachella fans and pesky scalpers will be scrambling to snag their share of pre-sale tickets this week, which are set to go on sale Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PST. However, savvy shoppers adept at reading the fine print will notice a new policy in effect for this year's layaway plan. The new approach is considerably less stringent than in past years, and is arguably the result of an emerging class action lawsuit against Coachella, their parent company Goldenvoice, and their ticketing distributor Front Gate.
The new layaway policy states that if a purchaser misses a payment and exceeds the 10-day grace period, Coachella will cancel their ticket order and issue a $50 restocking fee. This process is drastically different from previous years, when organizers clearly stated that if a person using the payment plan exceeds the grace period, they not only lose their tickets, they forfeit all money applied toward the order up to that point.
Abigail Drake is at the forefront of the lawsuit that sparked the shift in this year's policy. The complaint alleges that the music and arts festival's previous payment plan is in violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law, and was filed by Drake via the Fernald Law Group on April 23.More »