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$100 million class action lawsuit filed against Fyre Festival organizers

Troubling times ahead for Ja Rule and Billy McFarland

  • Harrison Williams
  • 1 May 2017

Celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos has issued a class action lawsuit against Fyre Festival organizers Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, filing the suit on Sunday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

So far Geragos, who has represented Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder and Kesha in the past, is only representing one person, Daniel Jung, who alleges the Fyre organizers are guilty of fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and negligent misrepresentation. He is seeking $5 million, but Geragos believes up to 150 individuals will join the suit, making it worth a minimum of $100 million, according to Variety.

The lawsuit alleges that the “festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees — suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions — that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella.”

Also cited are the models who were involved in promoting the festival, including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski. It’s not yet clear whether or not they are liable, but the Federal Trade Commission could open an investigation into false advertising.

The class action suit is not the only legal issue facing Fyre organizers McFarland and Ja Rule, as the Bahamas may file a lawsuit on the grounds that it “stands to lose out on millions with the festival being called off”, according to TMZ.

Last week McFarland issued a statement telling his side of the story, citing how “a bad storm came in and took down half of our tents and busted water pipes” on the morning the festival was due to begin. You can read his statement in full here

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