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Fyre Festival Organizers Facing Two New Lawsuits

That brings the total number of lawsuits against festival organizers up to five.
Photo of Fyre Festival via Twitter.

Two new lawsuits were filed this week against Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, the organizers of the ill-fated Fyre Festival, bringing the total number of lawsuits up to five. Earlier this week, three class-action lawsuits were filed against the music festival. The latest lawsuits were filed on behalf of a festivalgoer from New Jersey and an event management company.

The festival hired Pennsylvania-based National Event Services (NES) for on-site medical services. The NES lawsuit alleges breach of contract, fraud, negligence and $250,000 worth of damages.

According to a report from Pitchfork, NES employees, "immediately discovered that the accommodations were uninhabitable, including bug infestation, bloodstained mattresses, and no air conditioning." The festival site also lacked a secure medical evacuation helicopter or plane for emergency. The Fyre Festival medical center was ultimately not open when the festival launched.

According to Rolling Stone, the festival organizers, "embarked on a campaign of incompetence, fraud and deceit in the provision of information not only to Plaintiff, but also to virtually any third-party vendor associated with the 2017 festival as well as the people who had purchased tickets," the lawsuit claims.

The second new lawsuit, filed by ticket buyer Andrew Petrozziello, claims the organizers violated state consumer fraud act and breach of contract. Petrozziello never reached the festival and was among the ticket buyers who were stuck in Miami. He ultimately purchased his own ticket back home.

Earlier this week, Fyre Festival attendees filed a $100 million lawsuit against the festival organizers.