Anger, Lawsuits Over Disney Star Tickets
Posted Oct 8, 2007 11:46 AM CDT
By Martha Neil
"I will meet you at a neutral location. I will pay you cash."
No, these words from a self-described San Antonio aunt of two little girls are not part of a negotiation session with kidnappers. They're part of the ticket-resale frenzy sparked by the unexpected—at least to many adults—national sensation over upcoming concerts by the star of the Disney Channel TV show Hannah Montana, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Demand from star-struck fans reportedly parallels the now-long-ago hysteria over the Beatles and Elvis Presley, prompting adults to pay up to $4,500 a ticket for young girls to see 14-year-old "Hannah Montana" (whose real name is Miley Cyrus) sing. Others, however, are angry that computer-savvy ticket purchasers have snatched up huge numbers of tickets to resell at a hefty—and often illegal—profit, and litigation has resulted.
Missouri's attorney general, for instance, "pounced on the issue," the Times reports, "by filing lawsuits against three out-of-state ticket brokers selling seats to the Kansas City show." The concert tour begins Oct. 18 in St. Louis.