Another day, another batch of Fyre Festival lawsuits.
Because Fyre Fest is truly the gift that keeps on giving, a slew of new lawsuits have been filed in the last week against Fyre Fest co-creators Ja-Rule, Billy McFarland, and other Fyre Fest organizers, with each suit seeking compensation for the painful and sadly un-Instagrammable experience.
The latest lawsuit comes from National Event Services, Inc. (NES), a Pennsylvania-based company hired to provide medical care at the festival. In their lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, NES claims that they arrived at Great Exuma Island and discovered the accommodations were “uninhabitable, including bug infestations, blood-stained mattresses and no air conditioning,” despite the music festival promising it would be a “first-class” event.
NES says Fyre Fest organizers promised “appropriate funding, accommodations, permitting, and infrastructure necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of both the Festival attendees and third-party vendors hired to provide services.”
Not only did the festival organizers fail to provide appropriate facilities needed to give medical care during the festival, but NES was not shown documentation of proper permits even after it was requested.
Come onnnnnnnn, Fyre Fest.
Despite the complete lack of worthy accommodations, according to the lawsuit, NES saw “obvious safety and health concerns for the people trapped on the island,” and decided to open the main medical tent overnight to provide care for distressed attendees.
After doing so, the company learned the festival had also failed to secure a contract with a medical evacuation helicopter and naturally, the islands medical clinic was closed, which meant if anyone needed emergency care, NES had nowhere to send them.
Once again, not okay, Fyre Fest.
Much like other class action lawsuits filed against the festival, NES is accusing organizers of misrepresentation, claiming their social media and marketing campaigns were advertised “in a manner designed to mislead concert-goers and third-party vendors.”
Big names in the music industry like Major Lazer, Migos, andBlink 182 were scheduled to perform, and models like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner helped entice Instagram followers to make the the trip, though none of them even bothered to show up to the dumpster fire.
You can read the full document detailing the National Event Services lawsuit below:
The lawsuit from NES isn’t the only new lawsuit this week filed against the infamous festival though.
New Jersey resident Andrew Petrozziello, one of the many people who actually paid obscene amounts of money for a luxurious getaway, filed a lawsuit against Fyre Fest organizers last Tuesday to recover cash he spent on the traumatizing experience.
Though Petrozziello cites Fyre Fest’s now-familiar epic failure to live up to promised expectations, his festival experience was a bit different from the many horror stories we’ve heard. Petrozziello and his friend both purchased Weekend 1 tickets for $1,100 each, but they never even made it to the island.
Instead, their nightmare took place in Miami, where they became stranded after the festival posted a statement postponing the event to 2018.
Petrozziello is looking to recover expenses for his purchased tickets as well as the price of travel to Miami, and any expenses sustained while stranded in Miami.
You can read the full document detailing Petrozziello’s lawsuit here:
Since the festival almost literally crashed and burned on April 28, a multitude of other legal actions have been taken, including a $5 million class action lawsuit, filed in Florida District Court on Friday.
According to Business Insider, that suit claims Fyre Fest lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to attendees who shared negative thoughts and imagery of the festival on social media, claiming the posts could “incite violence, rioting, or civil unrest.”
And yet, through all of this backlash and nonsense, Fyre Fest 2018 is somehow, still in the works.
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