Foo Fighters Sue Insurance Companies for "Despicable" Conduct over Cancelled Shows

Foo Fighters Sue Insurance Companies for "Despicable" Conduct over Cancelled Shows
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Dave Grohl broke his leg when he fell offstage at a Foo Fighters gig in Sweden last year, with the band eventually cancelling a number of other dates in the wake of the injury. Now, the band have filed a lawsuit against insurance market Lloyd's of London, numerous insurance companies and broker Robertson Taylor, alleging they have "failed to pay amounts that even they appear to recognize are due and owing" for insurance claims made on cancelled performances.

After breaking his leg in Sweden, Grohl finished the show before seeking treatment. Seven shows were then cancelled, three of which were mentioned in the suit: a pair of performances at Wembley Stadium in London and one at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Following treatment, Grohl performed 53 shows from the guitar "throne" he designed, pictured above.

The lawsuit reads: "After paying certain amounts owed under the Cancellation Policy for four of the cancelled performances, the insurers began searching for ways to limit their payment obligations on the other three performances."

It also alleges that the band's decision to keep touring saved insurers "tens of millions of dollars in claim payments" that would have been owed had they backed out of dates.

A second part of the suit takes issue with four shows cancelled following the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, reading, "Foo Fighters reasonably expected that the Terrorism Policy would provide them coverage for the four November 2015 performances...the insurers have engaged in a seemingly never-ending series of requests for increasingly irrelevant information."

The suit further claims that insurers "have not paid or offered to pay a single penny of Foo Fighters' terrorism coverage claim" seven months on.

The band are seeking damages, punitive damages to cover London Market Insurers' and Robertson Taylors' "despicable" conduct, and lawyers' fees. Both Lloyd's and Robertson Taylor have not responded to requests for comment from Billboard.