NASHVILLE, Ind. (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced a consent judgment on Friday with Little Nashville Enterprises Inc. and its principals for $26,500 in refunds for ticketholders.
More than 159 Little Nashville Opry ticketholders were allegedly not refunded their money after purchasing tickets to shows that were later cancelled because of a theater fire in September 2009. According to the agreement, 159 people allege they are owed between $48 and $2,066 for a total of approximately $26,500.
"Little Nashville Opry and the state have reached a consent judgment for $26,500 to be returned to consumers who have waited more than two years to see money that was rightfully owed to them," Zoeller said. "The theater fire was a great loss for the community and undoubtedly a loss for customers who purchased tickets in good faith."
In July 2010, Zoeller's office filed a formal complaint on behalf of consumers for an injunction and restitution against Little Nashville Enterprises Inc. and its principals. Zoeller's office alleged that the company violated Indiana's Deceptive Consumer Sales Act by, among other things, failing to obtain a legally required entertainment permit.
The company agreed to pay $10,000 immediately toward its obligation to consumers and the full amount within one year. The immediate funds will be distributed on a pro-rata basis to ticketholders. The Little Nashville Opry will also pay $1,000 in costs to Zoeller's office and a $5,000 civil penalty. If the deadline to pay consumers in full is met, the penalties and costs will be waived. All payments will be made to Zoeller's office, which will distribute the funds to consumers.