Hundreds of Pennsylvania residents will receive an extra four months on their Miley Cyrus fan club memberships following a settlement between the popular tween club and state Attorney General Tom Corbett.
The settlement arose from complaints from fans who were shut out from obtaining tickets to a Cyrus “Hannah Montana” concert in Pittsburgh, despite the fans paying $29.95 for memberships that allegedly claimed to give them better access to tickets.
In a statement, Corbett said that Web site “failed to inform consumers that all ‘pre-sale’ tickets were sold within the first 15 minutes of their offering to fan club members.” In addition, the site also allegedly “continued to sell memberships to new consumers, and continued to provide ‘pre-sale’ codes, after all tickets had been sold – without informing consumers that their membership codes would be useless.”
In 2007 and early 2008, Cyrus’s Hannah Montana shows exploded on the music scene, which led to thousands of fans either not obtaining tickets or paying high prices. The subsequent complaints from fans and their parents led local and state legislators around the country to investigate the matter and pass laws to prevent future ticketing problems.
About 1,000 fans are expected to benefit from the settlement, in which the fan club is not admitting any wrongdoing, according to the Associated Press. In addition, the site will pay $20,000 in fines and post a disclaimer on the site that states that joining does not improve chances to obtain future tickets.