German Promoter Fined

HAMBURG, GERMANY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Reuters has reported that the German promotion firm Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur (MLK) has been ordered to pay $5,300 to a woman who claims to have suffered hearing loss at a Bon Jovi concert in 2000.

In addition to the $5,300 in “pain and suffering”, the court also ordered MLK was to foot the bill for the woman’s medical expenses and loss of income.

The woman, who stood about 10-15 feet away from speakers at the concert, alleges the volume from the speakers caused her to develop a form of permanent hearing loss called tinnitus. It was revealed during testimony that Bon Jovi’s sound technician was allowed to determine the volume levels at the open-air venue, however it was ultimately MLK’s responsibility to ensure compliance with safety standards.

Marek Lieberberg, founder of MLK, has not yet appealed the court’s ruling despite the fact that he told Billboard the decision was “very dubious” and may have set a precedent for “anyone who wants to pretend that they have sustained harm in an attempt to sue for compensation for pain and suffering.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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