Travis Scott and concert promoter Live Nation are facing a gigantic pile of lawsuits stemming from the deadly tragedy at the Astroworld festival that has left several people dead, maimed, and injured. The payouts from lawsuits for the parties found legally liable will be massive. They’ve already had to give out refunds to 50,000 fans. Scott is paying for the funerals of those who died.

According to a report by TMZ, Live Nation may get off on at least some of the lawsuits thanks to a legal technicality. In a waiver ticket purchasers must agree to on the Live Nation website, legal language which (if properly written and ironclad) holds up under Texas law and would theoretically would protect the company from basic negligence claims. The waiver reads (in part) as follows:

You voluntarily assume all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring before, during or after the event, and you waive any claims for personal injury or death against us.”

While at first glance it seems that this liability waiver covers Live Nation from being responsible for any damages caused at the festival, the reality is more nuanced. There are several conditions that must be met to make a liability waiver enforceable.

The language must be clear and direct on the waiver. That may not be the case for for Live Nation. Additionally, the waiver not being prominently displayed may cause it to not hold up in court.

As the waiver doesn’t seem to be as airtight as needed to pass under Texas law, the company is not totally safe from liability suits. Of course, the judges will figure it all out, but for anybody who thought those waivers were fool proof legal documents, they’re simply not.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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