Met Museum's Admission Fees Breach Free City Lease, Suit Says

Law360, New York (November 15, 2012, 3:16 PM EST) -- Two New York City residents sued the Metropolitan Museum of Art in state court Wednesday, claiming its alleged practice of tricking patrons into paying admission fees for all exhibits violates its lease with the city.

As a condition of using city park land free of charge and receiving regular funding from New York City, the MMA agreed to admit all members of the public for free on several days each week, according to the complaint. But in violation of this agreement, the museum uses misleading signage and fraudulent business practices to give consumers the impression that they must always pay for...

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