Published May 03, 2017With all attendees now confirmed safely home after a disastrous weekend at Fyre Festival, legal complaints against the flopped event continue to emerge. Following a $100 million lawsuit filed by celebrity trial lawyer Mark Geragos earlier this week, another class action suit is underway.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, John Girardi is representing complainants Chelsea Chinery, Shannon McAuliffe and Desiree Flores in a suit that alleges breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and fraud.
Filed in L.A. County Superior Court, the lawsuit accuses Fyre Festival of defrauding fans by paying social media personalities to promote the event without complying with FTC standards. "Social media 'influencers' made no attempt to disclose to consumers that they were being compensated for promoting the Fyre Festival," Girardi writes.
The lawsuit is also looking to benefit additional complainants who purchased tickets to Fyre Festival but didn't attend after becoming aware of the conditions on site, ticket holders who were unable to attend due to cancelled flights, and ticketholders who attended the festival and were confined to the Bahamian island of Exuma for any period of time.
"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," writes Girardi. "Plaintiffs were stuck on the island, with no way off."
Clients in the case are seeking restitution, punitive damages and disgorgement of any profits.
UPDATE (5/4, 12:00 p.m. EDT): Another lawsuit against Fyre Festival organizers has been filed in federal court in New York. Festivalgoers Matthew Herlihy and Anthony Lauriello are suing for negligence, fraud, and violations of consumer protection statutes, claiming that organizers are responsible for "false representations, material omissions, and negligence regarding the Fyre Festival and their failure to organize, prepare, and provide attendees with the experience that the Defendants marketed as being a luxurious private-island getaway."
In yet another bewildering PR move by festival organizers, it was reported yesterday (May 2) that lawyers for Fyre Media sent at least one cease and desist letter to a social media user who complained about the event's dire conditions online. They claim that the post was untrue and could "incite violence, rioting or civil unrest."
Fyre Festival was originally scheduled to take place over the course of last weekend, but was officially postponed as of Friday (April 28).