Missouri music fans may be interested to know that on May 1, 2017, an attendee of the Fyre Festival filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against the owners of the event. Each of the three defendants is being sued for breach of contract, fraud and misleading advertising.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff is alleging that the organizers were aware well before the day of the event that attendees could not be properly accommodated and failed to cancel the festival. A-list personalities and entertainment stars were also allegedly advised to not attend the festival.
The suit also claims that the accommodations were not only inadequate, but presented health risks to the attendees. The attendees were provided only FEMA tents for housing, and there was no medical or security staff on hand. The suit states that the food provided was subpar and that there were wild animals loose on the grounds.
The third allegation against the festivals’ organizers is that the mismanagement of the event contributed to the complications the attendees experienced when they attempted to leave. Because the festival was advertised as a cash-free event that provided no ATMs, the prepaid electronic wristbands that attendees were urged to use made it difficult for the people wanting to leave to pay for buses or taxis to reach the airport. The organizers have promised to provide full refunds to all attendees. According to the company’s official site, another festival is being planned for next year.
An attorney can often assist clients who have been accused of a material breach of contract. In many cases, legal counsel will seek to negotiate a settlement and keep the terms private.