Movie-theater snacks proved too pricey for one Michigan man, who filed a class-action lawsuit against his local AMC theater for overcharging on snacks and soda.
Justin Thompson, a film fan from Livonia, Mich., decided he was fed up after his local box office posted a sign noting outside food and beverages were prohibited, the Detroit Free Press reports. Like many others, the young security technician used to escape steep prices by bringing his own treats, but the new rule left Thompson incensed.
“He got tired of being taken advantage of,” Kerry Morgan, Thompson’s lawyer, told the newspaper. “It’s hard to justify prices that are three and four times higher than anywhere else.”
Though Morgan first chalked it up to rights of private proprietors, he soon discovered the price hike may be in violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, according to the Los Angeles Times. The suit, filed last week, could incite other moviegoers who fall victim to overpriced snacks and could lead to possible copycat cases.
But local legal experts are already dismissing a favorable outcome.
“It’s a loser,” business law professor Gary Victor told the Free Press. Supreme Court decisions in 1999 and 2007 exempt most businesses from the protection act, Victor said.
As for the theater, an AMC spokesperson told the Times the company could not make a comment on pending litigation.
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