Attorney General Josh Shapiro complaint filed against Great Conventions LLC in Northampton County and its owner, Christopher Wertz, for allegedly breaking consumer protection laws when they canceled Great Philadelphia Comic Con and failed to issue a refund.

Wertz and Great Conventions hosted the Great Philadelphia Comic Con to be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center from April 3-5, 2020. After repeatedly rescheduling the event due to COVID-19 restrictions, organizers canceled the event. ‘event in March 2021. Since then, Shapiro says Great Conventions LLC and Wertz have made no effort to postpone the convention or return their money to consumers.

“COVID-related cancellations cannot be an excuse for businesses to walk away with consumers’ money,” AG Shapiro said. “I have been clear from the start of the pandemic – this sort of thing is just not acceptable. By filing this complaint, we are protecting consumers by ensuring that they do not fall victim to another type of scam. “

The lawsuit asks the court to order the defendants to:

  • Pay restitution to all those who have suffered losses as a result of the conduct of the defendants;
  • Be permanently prohibited from operating and / or selling tickets to conventions or other public events in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • Pay civil fines of $ 1,000 for each violation of the Consumer Protection Act and $ 3,000 for each violation involving a consumer aged 60 or over.

Consumers who believe they have been victimized by Great Philadelphia Comic Con are encouraged to file a complaint at www.attorneygeneral.gov/submit-a-complaint or contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800-441-2555 or [email protected]


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