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Australian Promoter Files Suit After U2 Concerts

AUCKLAND (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Australian promoter Michael Coppel, of Michael Coppel Presents is joining the growing list of creditors seeking restitution from Corporate Host Event Management, an Australian corporate hospitality company which hosted 4,200 U2 fans during two concerts staged by the band. Corporate Host Event Management had purchased a large block of tickets to set up package deals, including catered meals and other hospitality. Coppel joins a long list of organizations that claim they have yet to be paid the Star-Times reported.

The key figures behind Corporate Host Event Management are Terry Wilson, former Ernst & Young partner Andrew Tauber, and Auckland pub owner Peter Morgan who are reported to owe more than $2 million AUD to a variety of organizations which include Michael Coppel Presents, The New Zealand and Wellington rugby unions and the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club. Wilson has been served with court papers by a private investigation firm and has since "gone on vacation" to India.

When confronted (at the airport) by the Star-Times, Wilson described the issue as a "tempest in a teacup" and disputed the claims, noting that he was unaware of impending claims. Corporate Host Event Management is currently undergoing liquidation. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers