Fyre Festival Organizers Slapped With $100 Million Dollar Class Action Lawsuit
The phrase “trouble in paradise” proved to be apt for attendees of Fyre Festival, a “luxury” weekend getaway festival experience that proved to be closer to a camp ground in resemblance than a lavish resort.
With performances promised by G.O.O.D. Music, Major Lazer, Migos, Blink-182 and more, weekend ticket packages to the event rapidly sold at a $1,200 price point, the financial scale of the ticket costs increasing with add ons that could be purchased in addition to the event’s original pass. A “boutique” festival, Fyre Fest advertised a picturesque setting that perhaps only Instagram could dream of. Yet when ticket holders arrived to the festival’s location on the island of Great Exuma, the luxe festival that they expected did not materialize. In its place was school bus transportation, haphazardly pitched tents, and damp bedding and blankets.
While a return to the Florida mainland should have been easy in the face of such chaos, many attendees had no cash or debit/credit by which to flee, ticket holders having been instructed to upload festival funds to digital wristbands offered by the festival. The transportation and general health issues associated with the unorganized festival attracted the attention of celebrity lawyer, Mark Geragos, who has filed a class action lawsuit against the festival’s spearheads, Billy McFarland and Ja Rule.
Geragos is notable for his prior representation of Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, and Ke$ha, but will be representing Daniel Jung in the case. Jung seeks $5 million dollars in damages, accusing the festival organizers of fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation. Geragos maintains that the case can accumulate up to $100 million dollars, a factor that relies on the participation of up to 150 individuals in the suit, a number that likely will not be hard to amass given the scale of devastation imposed by the festival.
Whether by sincere false advertisement or by a series of misfortunes suffered by festival organizers, it seems that Fyre Festival will go down in flames.