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Tweens Turn to Court Over Cyrus Tix

Within minutes of going on sale Sept. 29, tickets sold out to the hottest act on the concert circuit: 14-year-old Miley Cyrus, the actress who plays Hannah Montana in the Disney Channel series. Many of the tickets were scooped up by scalpers, resulting, as the Houston Chronicle says, in "national mayhem as parents claw for tickets."

One particularly perturbed group of parents are those who shelled out $29.95 to a Miley Cyrus fan site believing it would get them first crack at concert tickets. When their tweens were left ticketless, the parents turned to the courts. Yesterday, lawyers from two states filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Tennessee against the operators of the fan site, Interactive Media Marketing and Smiley Miley, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Brought under the Tennessee consumer protection act, the suit seeks treble damages for anyone who joined the club believing it would help them score tickets.

The suit is filed in the name of Kerry Inman, a New Jersey woman who tried but failed to buy tickets to see Cyrus in Atlantic City. "They deceptively lured thousands of individuals into purchasing memberships into the Miley Cyrus fan club, and that’s why we’re suing," said Robert Peirce of Pittsburgh, one of the two lawyers who brought the suit, in a statement. The other lawyer representing the plaintiffs is B.J. Wade from the firm Glassman, Edwards, Wade & Wyatt in Memphis. No response yet from the defendants.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 13, 2007 at 02:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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