Under what circumstances can you throw someone out of a paid event (e.g. a fan convention) without a refund? 9 Answers as of December 26, 2013

I'm trying to put together an anti-harassment policy for a fan convention, and want to make sure we actually can throw someone out without refunding their ticket money if they harass or assault another attendee. Does making them agree to a code of conduct when they purchase a ticket give us support for ejecting them?

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
No one reads the code of conduct when they purchase a ticket. Therefore, they are not on notice.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 12/26/2013
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
I think that would work. You might also hire a couple of cops to work security.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 12/23/2013
David Hoines Law
David Hoines Law | David Hoines
Put warning on ticket.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 12/23/2013
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
Yes, having them agree will help. Be sure to post a sign stating that there will be no refund. Try seeing if some of the big convention bookers have similar warnings, etc. They probably will not help you but it will not take much time to try.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/23/2013
Margaret Crowell | Margaret Crowell
Usually events have licensee agreements on the back of the ticket. The licensee agreement states that the purchaser is a licensee to the vent and that this license is revocable (person can be thrown out) under certain circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 12/20/2013
    Lawyer for Indie Media
    Lawyer for Indie Media | Sue Basko
    A ticket is a license. If you state the policy clearly before the person buys the ticket, and even on the ticket materials, state what the rules are and that a violation of the rules can result in being told to leave and not being given any refund. You also have to state that the management decision is final and that remaining or returning will be considered trespass and will be prosecuted. You should have a lawyer write all this for you. You may also want to set up a system of a first warning, where the person is allowed to stay but must sit in a special section. And then you have to make sure that some attendees with an agenda do not falsely report others. Having a civilized environment is a good goal. In Illinois, events often hire off-duty police as security and this seems to work well. If you ask the venue, they likely have people they already work with on a regular basis.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 12/19/2013
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Yes they can be sent away if they are assaultive or disruptive.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 12/19/2013
    Sebby Law Office
    Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
    If this is a private event, you can eject anyone for disobeying any of the (lawful) rules you establish in advance. You can also eject anyone for committing a crime.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 12/19/2013
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    The key aspect is that the participant can be ejected for being "disruptive". You need to be specific enough so that if it is necessary to invoke that provision, the person doing the ejecting can point to the code and say "this is what you are doing", or after the fact "this is what the guy did". At the same time, the language needs to be broad enough to allow discretion and deal with unforeseeable circumstances. It might be worthwhile to have a consult so that you can go through a couple of drafts with a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 12/19/2013
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