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Madonna requests that the complaint about the late start times of her concerts be dismissed

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Due to the late start timings of her concerts, Madonna‘s attorneys have requested that the court drop the action against her.

Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, two fans who purchased tickets for Madonna’s “Celebration” tour on December 13 at the Barclays Center, sued the singer in January for starting the show more than two hours after the scheduled 8:30 PM start time.

She was charged in the case with “false advertising, negligent representation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices,” in addition to breaking agreements with ticket purchasers.

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“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,” Madonna’s counsel wrote in the updated filing. That harm cannot be recognized.

According to the motion, Jonathan Hadden, one of the plaintiffs, “raved” about the show on social media, calling it “incredible as always!”

Representatives for Madonna and Live Nation released a statement together in response to the initial lawsuit, pledging to “defend this case vigorously.” The parties said that a technical glitch occurred during the soundcheck for the December 13 date was the reason for the delay, according to Billboard.

“With the exception of a technical issue during soundcheck on December 13th, the shows opened in North America at Barclays in Brooklyn as planned,” the statement said. “At the time, press accounts amply recorded the delay caused by this. We plan to firmly defend this case. check Who Is Madonna Dating

Additionally, the statement said that the recent European leg of the tour had “received rave reviews.” However, The Guardian pointed out that a number of Madonna’s performances at London’s O2 Arena were “delayed or cut short” because of technical issues.

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The attorneys representing Fellows and Hadden argued in the initial complaint that Hadden’s tardiness caused legal harm to individuals who “had to get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day,” since the 8:30 PM start time listed on the tickets for the December 13, 14, and 16 concerts was “material to Plaintiffs’ agreement to purchase.”

The complaint also said that following the show, attendees faced “limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing, and/or increased public and private transportation costs,” with some even being left “stranded in the middle of the night.” The concerts ended at 1 AM.

The attorneys for Fellows and Hadden further cited General Business Law 149 of New York State to support their allegations that Madonna’s late start hours were illegal. In addition to failing to “provide notice to Plaintiffs and all Class Members that the concert would not start at 8:30PM” or give them “the option of receiving a refund,” they argued that the concert’s misrepresented start time constituted a legal violation.

Meanwhile, Madonna has revealed the specifics of her largest-ever performance, a free event scheduled for May 4 at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. Madge will perform for the first time in Brazil since 2012.