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Free Tickets Part of Live Nation Settlement in N.J.

Thursday, January 9, 2014   (0 Comments)

Associated Press (12/03/13) Porter, David

A New Jersey federal court has approved the preliminary settlement of a lawsuit that two New Jersey men filed against Live Nation, which did not admit any wrongdoing. The suit argued that Live Nation illegally added a $6 parking fee to each ticket at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel when not all concertgoers drive, and also claimed that the promoter's no-fee promotion was deceptive. The plaintiffs alleged Live Nation did not honor its "no service fee Wednesday" promotion and, rather than dropping the fees, it incorporated them into the base price of the tickets and then raised the base price. Plaintiffs' attorney Henry Wolfe says the promoter contended the parking fee was added to ease traffic backups that would have occurred if cars had to stop and pay cash to an attendant. However, the suit called the fee "a contrivance for defendants to arbitrarily inflate ticket prices." Live Nation estimated in court papers that the proposed settlement would impact about 360,000 people who attended shows at the amphitheater between June 2003 and June 2011. Those individuals would each be entitled to three free lawn tickets to a concert in the next four years, along with $5 discount coupons for when they buy tickets.


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