Ja Rule and Fyre Festival Organizers Hit With Another Lawsuit
The Fyre Festival fallout continues. After being banned from putting on events in the Bahamas and hit with $100 million lawsuit over the chaos at the destination event, Ja Rule and festival organizers are facing another lawsuit.
The latest litigation, which was filed on Tuesday (May 4) in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that Ja and Fyre Media tricked patrons into attending despite being fully aware of their inability to deliver the swanky island party that was promised.
Personal injury attorney John Girardi and his clients Chelsea Chinery, Shannon McAuliffe and Desiree Flores are behind the class action lawsuit. The plaintiffs are suing Ja Rule, Billy McFarland and Fyre Media for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and fraud, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"Social media 'influencers' made no attempt to disclose to consumers that they were being compensated for promoting the Fyre Festival," writes Girardi. "As Plaintiffs began to grasp the dire nature of the situation, upon witnessing the complete lack of infrastructure necessary to host such an event, a panic enveloped the crowd. Plaintiffs were stuck on the island, with no way off."
The class action lawsuit separates Fyre Festival patrons into three categories of harm. First are those who bought tickets or packages to the festival, but did not attend after being made aware of the conditions. Second are people who bought tickets and attempted to attend, but did not make it because flights were cancelled. Last are the unlucky folks who made it to the festival and were stuck on the island for any amount of time.
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