Madonna’s Legal Team Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Delayed Concert Start Times

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Madonna’s attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging delayed start times during her Celebration Tour, arguing the complaint lacks merit and highlighting a plaintiff’s positive social media post about the concert

Madonna‘s legal representatives have submitted a request to dismiss a lawsuit brought against her for an allegedly delayed concert start time during her Celebration Tour.

On April 3, in the U.S. District Court of Eastern New York, attorneys for Madonna, Live Nation, and Barclays Center — all of whom are defendants in the lawsuit — argued that the complaint lacks merit and should be dismissed.

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Madonna’s legal team contended in the court documents, “Plaintiffs speculate that ticketholders who left the venue after 1 a.m. might have had difficulty securing transportation home or might have had to wake up early for work the next day. Such a situation does not constitute a legitimate injury.”

The attorneys further argued that having to wake up early for work does not constitute a legal injury that is grounds for a lawsuit.

Moreover, they suggested that it is unreasonable for attendees to expect exact start and end times for a concert based on the times printed on their tickets.

The court document elaborates, “Reasonable concertgoers are aware that the duration of concerts can vary due to a multitude of factors.”

The lawsuit was initiated by Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, who claimed that Madonna began her December 13 concert at Barclays Center two hours later than scheduled.

They also alleged in their January lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern New York, that Madonna’s concerts on December 14 and December 16 started more than two hours late, with no prior notification given about the delays. The incidents involving the other shows were not directly addressed by Madonna or Live Nation.

According to the plaintiffs, the concert was advertised to start at 8:30 p.m., but Madonna did not appear on stage until “between 10:45 p.m. and 11 p.m.” They argued that as a consequence, the concert concluded after 1 a.m., resulting in difficulties with “limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing, and/or increased costs for public and private transportation.”

The plaintiffs further claimed that the late timing of the concert on a weekday night caused them difficulties in “waking up early for work and/or fulfilling family responsibilities the next day” due to lack of sleep.

They accused Madonna, referred to in court documents as The Material Girl, aged 65, along with Live Nation and Barclays Center, of engaging in “unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices.”

Fellows and Hadden are seeking various forms of damages, reimbursement for legal costs, and a jury trial.

In the latest court filings, Madonna’s legal team highlighted a social media post by Hadden where he commended her performance, stating, “Caught her North American tour opener last night! An homage to NYC! Incredible, as always! I’ve never missed a Madonna Tour.”

Her attorneys pointed out, “In essence, the concert lived up to or surpassed his expectations.”

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