Madonna's lawyers on concert lawsuit - 'Fans got what they paid for'

Madonna's lawyers on concert lawsuit - 'Fans got what they paid for'

Madonna's fans are suing her for starting her concert two hours late, as some people had to wake up early for work the next day, but her lawyers say they got what they paid for...

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Madonna's legal team has asked a court to set aside a lawsuit against her filed by two disgruntled fans. 

Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden sued the 'Queen of Pop' in January for starting one of her New York concerts two hours later than scheduled. 

Tour promoter Live Nation and indoor arena Barclays Center are also mentioned in the lawsuit. 

Michael and Jonathan, who attended Madonna's 'Celebration' concert in December, revealed in their filing that the show was meant to begin at 20:30 but only started after 22:30, which resulted in a much later end time of 01:00. 

The pair were less than impressed that they had to leave the show in the wee hours of the morning. They accused organisers of "false advertising". 

"Defendants failed to provide any notice to the ticketholders that the concerts would start much later than the start time printed on the ticket and as advertised," court documents state, according to the BBC

"Many ticketholders who attended concerts on a weeknight had to get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day."

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Madonna's lawyers clapped back at their lawsuit. According to the Independent, they filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Thursday, April 4. 

Her legal team pointed out that many concerts don't start on time, as there are usually one or more opening acts that take to the stage before the headline performer takes to the stage. 

Madonna, they say, also has a “years-long history” of arriving late to her shows, which has been documented in the past. 

They added that Jonathan revealed in a Facebook post after the show that he had been to every Madonna tour since 1985 - which means her late starts should not have surprised him. 

Madonna's lawyers noted that the plaintiffs remained at the venue for the entire duration of the 'Material Girl' hitmaker's show and did not at any point leave early.

In fact, Jonathan allegedly raved that the December show was incredible as always on Facebook. 

As for having to wake up early, the 65-year-old's lawyers had this to say: 

“Plaintiffs speculate that ticketholders who left the venue after 1am might have had trouble getting a ride home or might have needed to wake up early the next day for work. That is not a cognizable injury.”

Fans, they say,  "got just what they paid for: a full-length, high-quality show by the Queen of Pop". 

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