A Houston-based attorney has filed a $10 billion lawsuit on behalf of over 1,500 Astroworld Festival attendees. Attorney Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates announced the lawsuit on Monday (Dec. 6), which more than doubles the total amount of cases that have been filed in wake of the November tragedy.
The suit was filed in Harris County District Court on behalf of 1,547 festival attendees and a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13. Coon did not specify whom the lawsuit was filed against, but previous suits have targeted Travis Scott and festival organizers.
“In addition to litigating high profile mass tragedies all over the county the last 35 years, I also have run a concert promotion company for over 20 years and am very familiar with how you are supposed to plan these events,” the lawyer said in a press statement. “What happened at Astroworld was an unconscionable tragedy and it is important that justice is served for all those impacted.”
Along with the suit, Coon is also pursuing legislative action that will require crowd control specialists to certify public events, training programs for event preparation and criminal liability for any wrongdoing. The attorney will also work with crowd surge and stampede expert Dr. G. Keith Still to ensure “what happened at Astroworld never happens again.”
“We will roll over every rock in this matter,” he said. “Everyone associated with these types of events has the power to halt conduct that is resulting in injury to attendees. It has been terribly disappointing that some defendants have already gone public misstating and downplaying their responsibilities that attach to events such as this. Anyone involved can at least temporarily stop an event when safety becomes a serious issue. The fact that not a single company or individual involved in this incident ever made an effort to do so here, when it was readily apparent things were out of hand, is shameful.”
“Trying to publicly dodge culpability is irresponsible and inconsistent with what really goes on behind the scenes in these events,” he added. “I know. I run them and I have had to stop one, and did so before anyone got hurt. It’s part of the job.”
Yesterday (Dec. 6), REVOLT reported that Travis Scott asked a judge to dismiss one Astroworld attendee’s lawsuit against him claiming “general denial,” which means he does not believe he is responsible for the festival’s 10 deaths and over 300 injuries.
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