Live Nation and Travis Scott now face a single lawsuit following the tragic Astroworld festival, which left 10 people dead and hundreds injured.
Court documents acquired by Billboard show that the nearly 400 cases brought individually will now be presided over by a single judge. The Texas Judiciary Committee on Multidistrict Litigation authorized the move last week, with at least 387 lawsuits – representing nearly 2,800 alleged victims – consolidated into a single case. The request was filed by the festival organizers and the victims. A company that had more than 1,500 Astroworld attendees as customers tried to hold its own during consolidation, though all objections were later removed.
In the mammoth case brought against Live Nation, Scott and the festival organizers, plaintiffs are seeking billions in damages, alleging negligence in the planning and management of Astroworld.
This “multi-district litigation” is typical of major injury lawsuits, where efficiency in trying similar cases at the same time is the goal. Mass cases like these usually end in big settlements. While it’s unclear which judge will preside over the case, both sides have asked for Judge Lauren Reeder, without specifying why.
In late December, news surfaced that the tragedy had also led to government involvement. The House Oversight and Reform Committee launched an investigation into the Astroworld festival in November. The congressional panel sent a letter to the promoter’s chairman and CEO, Michale Rapino, requesting information about Live Nation’s role in the incident.
“Recent reports raise serious concerns about whether your company has taken adequate steps to ensure the safety of the 50,000 spectators who attended the Astroworld festival,” the committee’s letter said.
“Some participants said the erection of barricades made it difficult to escape,” the letter continues. “Experts say Astroworld festival organizers ignored warning signs.”