Great Philadelphia Comic Con Organizer Facing Heat from PA Attorney General Over Refusal to Issue Refunds Following Cancellations

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Great Conventions, the organizer of the Great Philadelphia Comic Con that was supposed to be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks in April 2020, is being sued by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for not providing refunds following the pandemic-related event cancellations, writes Laura Smythe for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The lawsuit alleges that the company misled consumers by failing to properly register the business and then violated consumer protection law by not providing refunds for the tickets upon cancelation.

Tickets for the event were sold online and ranged in price from $30 to $225.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County. It is seeking a permanent injunction on business dealings by Great Conventions and restitution for holders of Comic Con tickets.

Christopher Wertz is named as a defendant in the lawsuit as is mentioned as a managing member of Great Conventions LLC. His LinkedIn states he served as president and CEO since 2010, PBJ reported. 

The lawsuit requests that Great Conventions pay civil penalties of $1,000 for each consumer protection law violation as well as $3,000 for each violation involving a customer aged 60 or older.

“Covid-related cancellations can’t be an excuse for businesses to just walk away with consumers’ money,” said Shapiro.

Read more about the lawsuit in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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