LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has demanded documents from five ticket-sales Web sites in an investigation into whether a quick sellout of a Hannah Montana concert violated scalping laws.
A spokesman for McDaniel's office says the companies have 20 days to respond to the civil investigative demands issued yesterday. The documents are being sought as part of an investigation into ticket sales for the December 1 concert at Alltel Arena of 14-year-old Miley Cyrus, star of the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" TV show.
McDaniel has said that only a few minutes after sales of the tickets began, consumers at the box office and those who went to the Ticketmaster Web site were told that the concert had sold out.
A spokeswoman for ticketliquidator.com, one of the Web sites targeted, declined to comment. McDaniel also demanded the documents from StubHub.com, a ticket-reselling subsidiary of eBay Inc. A StubHub spokesman says the San Francisco-based company is cooperating with McDaniel.
Demand for seats to the 54-date tour has led to scalpers nationwide receiving four to five times the face value of tickets and created a torrent of complaints from frustrated parents.
The tour promoter capped ticket prices at $65 and put a four-ticket maximum on each transaction. Wednesday night, tickets to the show at North Little Rock's Alltel Arena ranged from $255 to more than $1,100 on ticketliquidator.com.
Another site targeted by McDaniel, gotickets.com, listed tickets selling for more than $1,300 each. StubHub listed prices ranging from $239 each to more than $1,200.