The Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball franchise is facing two lawsuits after allegedly taking away season ticket holders’ seats for reselling a “significant amount” of tickets.

One season ticket holder, who claims to have spent $224,000 (£174,000/€202,000) on season tickets since becoming a member in 2012, states in his suit that state law gives him a right to resell his tickets. Simon Yedid’s pass was revoked in April.

Yedid received an email from the Nets claiming that he was in violation of state law requiring anyone selling a “significant amount” of tickets must first obtain a license from the state.

Smiles 4 Kids Entertainment filed a second suit on Monday after its tickets were taken away in January, with both parties alleging that the Nets are making illegal moves to block competition against its ticket resale partner, Dynasty Sports and Entertainment.

“The suit seeks to protect fans and free enterprise in the face of Nets policies that apparently do not appreciate either,” the ticket holders’ lawyers said in a statement to the New York Post.

In a statement, the Nets said the claims were without merit.

“We stand by our entirely lawful decision not to sell Nets season tickets to those who try to circumvent our purchase limits, or who violate NY Law by reselling tickets without obtaining a license in situations where one is required,” the statement read.

“We will vigorously defend the claims against us, which we believe to be completely without merit.”