NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people who attended concerts at a New Jersey amphitheater over eight years would get free tickets and discount coupons under a preliminary court settlement reached with promoter Live Nation.
Two New Jersey men sued Live Nation in 2009, claiming it was illegal to tack on a $6 parking fee to each ticket at PNC Bank Arts Center n Holmdel when not all concertgoers drive. They also charged Live Nation's "no-fee" promotion was deceptive.
A federal judge in Trenton approved the preliminary settlement Monday.
In court papers filed recently, Live Nation estimated that the proposed settlement would affect about 363,000 people who attended shows at the arts center between June 2003 and June 2011. Those people would each be entitled to three free lawn tickets to a concert in the next four years, as well as $5 discount coupons for when they purchase tickets.
Lawn tickets for a concert featuring Journey and the Steve Miller Band next June were listed for $33.75 to $48.50 on Live Nation's website Tuesday.
"We think it's fair value for the claims, and we think that given the fact that these people are all concertgoers, they will appreciate the settlement," said Lee Squitieri, an attorney for one of the plaintiffs.
Henry Wolfe, another plaintiffs' attorney, called the settlement "substantial."
Under terms of the settlement — which still requires final approval after a court hearing next March — Live Nation will admit no wrongdoing. In an emailed statement Tuesday, a spokeswoman said the company wouldn't comment on the settlement details but that it "looks forward to the final resolution of this matter."