Judge issues ruling in family’s dispute over Jets tickets
Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:02PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:25PM CST
A family faced off in civil court in Winnipeg, with a dispute over access to Jets tickets.
Queen's Bench Justice Morris Kaufman ruled Wednesday in favour of Darlene Gibb, the woman who said her brother-in-law reneged on their plan and refused to turn over the tickets as promised.
Gibb had sued her brother-in-law John Longstaff.
“I spoke with John months ago to try and settle it and it wasn’t going anywhere,” said Gibb.
The ticket account is in Longstaff's name, because he was a Manitoba Moose season ticket holder, who had early access to Jets tickets when they went on sale.
Gibb said he promised to transfer the account to her after the first season.
Longstaff told court he agreed to the transfer, but only after his death.
In his decision, the judge said Longstaff broke a legal contract.
The Gibbs had paid for a five-year commitment and put down a $2,000 deposit.
Longstaff paid to see 12 games.
“I could tell the examples they gave were very casual. Ours was not. We put money down,” said Gibb.
The judge ruled Longstaff should still have access to his seats, as long as they’re not against the bottom three teams. Gibb’s son Ian said that isn’t a problem.
"We’ll have to give him 12 games. We never really had a problem with giving him 12 games,” said Ian.
He believes Longstaff didn't like the other games he attended and wanted more game options.
"It was a clear case of seller's remorse and after the fact, he didn't like it," said Ian.
Darlene said she’s ready to work out a schedule with Longstaff.
“I love hockey and I’ve been a fan of hockey forever,” said Darlene.
Longstaff didn’t comment to CTV News on Wednesday. His lawyers said he is disappointed with the decision and is considering his options.
- with files from The Canadian Press