COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Two lawsuits were filed by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee against the operators of Web sites the organizations claim are deceivingly offering legitimate tickets to the Beijing Olympics.
The suits, filed Tuesday in the Northern District of California and the District of Arizona, are against XL&H, Ltd., also known as Xclusive Leisure and Hospitality, and other related companies.
The USOC said it was contacted by several consumers who bought tickets on one of the sites, believing it to be a source of legitimate tickets to the Beijing Games that begin next month.
Consumers have not received any tickets, despite numerous phone calls and e-mails, a USOC statement said.
"Using the Olympic trademarks, the Web sites misleadingly claim to offer legitimate, official tickets to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and give consumers the false impression that the sites are somehow affiliated with the USOC, the IOC and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), as well as the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games," according to the statement.
Jet Set Sports and CoSport are the only official ticket agencies for the Beijing Games authorized to sell tickets in the United States.