Preliminary accord in N.J., Live Nation ticket suit

    Hundreds of thousands of concertgoers who attended shows at New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center could get free tickets and discount coupons under terms of a preliminary court settlement with promoter Live Nation.

    Two New Jersey men sued the promoter in 2009, claiming it was illegal to tack on a $6 parking fee to each ticket when not all concertgoers would be driving. They also said Live Nation’s “no-fee” promotion was deceptive.

    Anyone who bought tickets online through Live Nation and Ticketmaster between 2003 and 2011 would be eligible. Live Nation estimates that amounts to about 363,000 people.

    Under the settlement approved this week, Live Nation would admit no wrongdoing. A judge still needs to give final approval.

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    A Live Nation spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

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