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Live Nation, Performers Hit With Lawsuit Over Railing Collapse

PHILADELPHIA (CelebrityAccess) — Lawyers representing seventeen people who were injured during a concert at the BB&T Pavilion have filed a lawsuit against the performers and venue's owner, claiming they failed to take proper precautions to ensure safety.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in Philadelphia names Live Nation Entertainment, the venue operator and event promoter, along with headlining artists Calvin Broadus, Jr. (aka Snoop Dogg), and Cameron Thomaz (aka Wiz Khalifa) as defendants in the suit.

While the suit does not outline specific damages being sought, attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi said his clients want to prevent future incidents and deserve monetary compensation.

The injuries occurred when a railing separating a lawn from a secondary stage set up at the rear of the seating section collapsed shortly after the show began Aug. 5 collapsed, causing people to fall approximately 10 feet onto the crowd below. Authorities reported 42 people were injured in the fall, with injuries including fractured vertebrae, a fractured collarbone, and broken bones in the wrist and foot, as well as a slew of lacerations, concussions, and similar injuries.

Mr. Duffy an attorney for the plaintiffs commented, "Live Nation was ultimately responsible for ensuring that its guests were safe and secure. There is no excuse for Live Nation permitting a clearly hazardous stage configuration within close proximity to a clearly inadequate railing above a steep six-foot drop-off onto a concrete walkway. It does not take an engineer to conclude this was a danger to concertgoers."

Live Nation declined to comment on the case to the Associated Press, citing pending litigation. – Staff Writers