Dumpster Fyre Festival Has Reached the Class-Action Lawsuit Stage
The fallout of the Fyre Festival still burns like a vacation itch you can’t scratch almost a week later. Fyre Festival organizers have been hit with not one, but two (so far) class-action lawsuits after canceling the disastrous Bahamas concert last weekend.
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Co-conspirators (er, I mean), cofounders Ja Rule and and Billy McFarland are being accused of duping people into buying tickets by having social media influencers promote the festival without disclosing that they were paid by the company.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, personal injury lawyer John Girardi filed the new lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of three women who attended the festival.
The lawsuit claims that the celebs’ campaigns skirted FTC rules that require all ads be clearly identified as such. “Social media ‘influencers’ made no attempt to disclose to consumer that they were being compensated for promoting the Fyre Festival,” the documents say, per THR.
Soon after, a hilarious Fyre Festival deck was leaked to outlets like GQ, which described the festival of hiring over 400 “Fyre Starters” (Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid) to spread the news about the doomed to fail festival across their social media platforms.
Fyre Festival organizers are already facing a $100 million lawsuit that alleges fraud, breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, celebrity trial lawyer Mark Geragos filed that lawsuit on behalf of plaintiff Daniel Jung, and claimed that “the festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation.”
Whatever the next stage of this is, it will sooner than later include the word: BANKRUPTCY.
Check out Austin Mills’ on the ground account of his Fyre Festival experience as it plays out in real-time on his YouTube VLOG: