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Monday, June 10
Updated: June 10, 5:58 PM ET
 
Texas-based broker turns over tickets after lawsuit

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Texas-based ticket broker has turned over 100 Stanley Cup finals tickets to the state as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Roy Cooper.

In a settlement signed over the weekend, Encore Tickets of Dallas agreed to return all unsold tickets it had purchased to games between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Detroit Red Wings at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, Cooper's office said Monday. Cooper had filed a lawsuit to stop ticket brokers from selling tickets at illegally inflated prices.

The 100 tickets will go to local charities. Four tickets for Monday night's Game 4 of the series were presented to a family selected by the Make A Wish Foundation.

If the series returns to Raleigh for a Game 6, 96 tickets will be distributed to children and families through the Hurricanes' charitable arm, Kids 'N Community.

If the series ends before a sixth game, the face value of the tickets will be divided among the charities.

In the lawsuit, Cooper alleged that Encore and five other ticket companies broke North Carolina's unfair and deceptive trade practices law by reselling the tickets for more than $3 above face value.

Cooper said that many tickets for the games, which sold out in less than an hour, were bought by ticket companies, who resold the tickets for as much as $1,000 each.

Wake County Judge Donald Stephens on Wednesday ordered the defendants to stop charging excessive prices for the tickets.



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