Travis Scott is currently embroiled in a slew of legal issues. The rapper is in hot water due to the Astroworld Tragedy case. For all pretrial hearings, hundreds of overlapping cases were recently combined for efficiency before a single judge.
According to Billboard, the hundreds of lawsuits filed against Live Nation and Travis Scott in connection with the deadly Astroworld music festival are being handled as one massive case. Last week, a Texas court panel formally approved the consolidation maneuver.
Three months after a crowd surge during Scott’s show killed ten people and injured hundreds more, the Texas Judicial Panel On Multidistrict Litigation granted a joint motion from both victims and organisers to consolidate the sprawling litigation before a single judge for all pre-trial proceedings on Wednesday, January 26. The large new case will consolidate at least 387 separate lawsuits filed by nearly 2,800 alleged victims.
Those lawsuits allege that festival promoter Live Nation, Scott, and other organisers were legally negligent in their planning and execution of Astroworld, and they seek billions of dollars in total damages. Both parties agreed to move toward a single case. Attorneys for both sides wrote in their request that “this type of litigation is exactly what the Texas MDL process is designed to address.”
Despite the fact that all parties agreed on it, there was briefly one hold-out in the consolidation process. Brent Coon & Associates, the law firm that filed the lawsuit on behalf of over 1500 Astroworld victims, argued in December that the process was unnecessary, but those objections were quickly withdrawn.
Notably, the order issued last week did not specify which Texas state judge would preside over the case. However, in their joint filings, attorneys for the victims and organisers asked Judge Lauren Reeder to preside over the MDL. It was unclear why they chose Judge Reeder.
While the numbers of cases and victims are good indicators of the overall scope of the litigation, they are only estimates. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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