The Fyre Festival Fallout Continues With Multiple Lawsuits
The fallout for the disastrous Fyre Festival, now the subject of two separate documentaries on Hulu and Netflix, continues as multiple lawsuits continue in court for various attendees from around the country.
For those unfamiliar with the Fyre Festival debacle, back in 2017, rapper Ja Rule (Jeffrey Atkins) and entrepreneur Billy McFarland organized a music festival to be held on an island at the Bahamas and feature performances by famous musicians as well as appearances by celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid. With an aggressive social media marketing campaign, the festival was promoted as “an immersive music festival (for) two transformative weekends…on the boundaries of the impossible.”
Tickets for the event ranged from $500-$1000 for general admission and upwards of $12,000 for VIP packages. All attendees were promised “modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes” and meals prepared by celebrity chefs.
Although leading up to the festival, rumors of operational failures and unfinished lodging began to circulate around social media, most of the attendees were unphased and decided to attend anyway. When the attendees arrived at the island, however, it became increasingly clear that the rumors were very much true as many of them posted about the abysmal state of the festival’s accommodations such as running water and lack of food, including the now infamous cheese sandwich tweet.
— Trevor DeHaas (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
In the end, Fyre Festival was an absolute failure and a consumer rights nightmare; a cautionary tale for millennials and the epitome of deceptive trade practices.
For his role in organizing the festival, McFarland was found guilty of wire fraud and sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to forfeit $26 million.
Today, McFarland and Ja Rule are currently defendants in multiple lawsuits, the largest being a $100 million-150 plaintiff lawsuit filed in California and is now currently being argued in the Southern District of New York as the case is still pending in court.
For a greater insight as to some of the facts witnessed by attendees, here is the plaintiff’s original class-action complaint:
Daniel Jung v McFarland et … by on Scribd
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