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Theater Goer Sues AMC Over High Concession Prices

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Like many people I don’t go to the theater any longer.  Over-priced concessions is certainly part of the problem.

Joshua Thompson lives in Detroit and loves the movies.  And he’s had it with exorbitant concession prices.  So much so that he is suing the theater.

On Dec. 26, he paid $8 for a Coke and a package of Goobers chocolate-covered peanuts at the Livonia theater — nearly three times the $2.73 he paid for the same items at a nearby fast-food restaurant and drug store, the suit said.

The suit accused AMC theaters of violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by charging grossly excessive prices for snacks. The suit seeks refunds for customers who were overcharged, a civil penalty against the theater chain and any other relief Judge Kathleen Macdonald might grant. Two consumer lawyers predicted that Macdonald will dismiss the suit. “It’s a loser,” said Gary Victor, an Eastern Michigan University business law professor. He said state Supreme Court decisions in 1999 and 2007 exempted most regulated businesses from the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. Added Ian Lyngklip, a nationally known consumer lawyer in Southfield: “Movie theaters are regulated, so the lawsuit won’t go anywhere”

I hope he wins.  Until then, I’ll be enjoying my movies at home.

 

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