Great Philadelphia Comic Con Organizer Sued by AG for Failing to Issue Refunds after COVID Cancellation

Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed suit against Northampton County company Great Conventions LLC and its owner, Christopher Wertz, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws when they cancelled the Great Philadelphia Comic Con and failed to issue refunds.

Wertz and Great Conventions organized 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 cancelled the event in March 2021. Since then, Shapiro says Great Conventions LLC and Wertz made no effort to reschedule the convention or give consumers their money back.

“COVID-related cancellations can’t be an excuse for businesses to just walk away with consumers’ money,” said AG Shapiro. “I’ve been clear since the beginning of the pandemic — that sort of thing is just not acceptable. By filing this suit, we’re protecting consumers by ensuring they are not victims of a different kind of con.”

The lawsuit requests the court order defendants to:

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

Consumers who feel they were victimized by the 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 scams@attorneygeneral.gov.