Moviegoer Joshua Thompson Sues Theater Over Snack Prices

| by Michael Allen

This week, Joshua Thompson, a 20-something security technician from Livonia, Michigan, filed a class action lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court against his local AMC theater in hopes of forcing theaters in Michigan to change their snack prices.

Thompson's lawyer, Kerry Morgan said: "He got tired of being taken advantage of. It's hard to justify prices that are three- and four-times higher than anywhere else."

Thompson said in his lawsuit that he used to take his own soda and candy to the AMC in Livonia until the theater posted a sign banning the practice.

The suit accused AMC theaters of violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by charging excessive prices for snacks.

Thompson wants refunds for customers who were overcharged, a civil penalty against the theater chain and any other money a judge might grant.

American Multi Cinema, which operates the AMC theater in Livonia, wouldn't comment on the suit.