(CelebrityAccess) — Organizers of the purportedly swanky, yet failed Fyre Festival are facing increasing legal challenges as the number of lawsuits they are facing over the scuttled event expand to six.
According to a collation by Billboard, the lawsuits include a $100 million class-action suit filed by celebrity attorney Mark Geragos (previously reported in CelebrityAccess) as well as several new suits filed on behalf of festival attendees.
Chelsea Chinery, Shannon McAuliffe, and Desiree Flores have sued the festival, claiming breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud against defendants Ja Rule, Billy McFarland and Fyre Media. The suit also alleges that the festival's social media campaign ignored Federal Trade Commission rules that require social media influencers to disclose compensation for advocacy.
Matthew Herlihy and Anthony Lauriello have filed suit alleging negligence, fraud, and violation of consumer protection law after they were unable to access money deposited into the festival's cashless wristband system. They also allege that the event failed to provide adequate security, leading to Lauriello being robbed of his clothes and other belongings on the island.
Andrew Petrozziello is pursuing legal action against the festival in New Jersey. Petrozziello says he was stranded in Miami after his flight was canceled and said that he has not received a refund despite promises to that effect.
Nation Event Services, an event staffing company who claims to have been retained to provide medical services for the festival is also in court. According to Billboard, Nation is seeking $250,000 in damages, alleging breach of contract, and fraud. Moreover, the company claims that festival organizers failed to obtain cancellation insurance despite not fully funding the event. NES reported that it's staffers discovered the island in disarray with accommodations that were "bug infestation" and which had "blood-stained mattresses." The company says its team stayed despite the chaos due to the obvious need for medical services.
North Carolina couple Kenneth and Emily Reel have filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit against Ja Rule, McFarland and public relations agency, 42West LLC and advertising company, Matte Projects, LLC. The couple maintains that the defendants "did nothing to ensure that what they were marketing, and in turn what people were relying upon in purchasing tickets, was or even could be true."