Megadeth Has Another Go

U.S. rockers Megadeth will make their third effort to get TicketTurk to stump up the outstanding fees for the act’s 2005 Rock Istanbul Festival appearance when the case returns to the Turkish city’s commercial court March 7th.

It’s one of two actions that Savas Inandioglu of Topdemir & Inandioglu is bringing against the ticketing company, which is Turkey’s second biggest, behind Ticketmaster-owned Biletix.

The issue centres on whether two undertakings to pay the money – apparently written and signed by TicketTurk managing director Gulseren Onanc – are valid under Turkish law.

The debt was first owed by bankrupt Rock In Istanbul promoter Boray Dundar, but the TicketTurk undertakings would appear to take on his liabilities.

The last Megadeth hearing was December 6th, when Judge Abdullah Kaya adjouned the commercial court (Asliye Ticaret Mahkemesi) until March 7th to allow an accountant to assess the debt and a legal expert to examine the ticketing company’s obligation to pay it.

There’s no certainty that the March 7th hearing would be conclusive as both sides have the right to appeal the experts’ findings.

Inandioglu is also working on behalf of Garbage over non-payment of fees for the same event. That’s also stalled in the Istanbul commercial court, which has 20 divisions, each with a backlog of about 2,000 cases.

TicketTurk is co-owned by, the US NASDAQ-listed ticketer, and CRM Solutions, the telecommunications and software giant.