“We are striving for a global solution [Event Entertainment Group] This answers our customers’ requests for a refund, ”Corwin told Billboard. “Settlement is a better avenue than continuing litigation for both the consumer and the defendant, and I hope that by filing these lawsuits we can come to an amicable solution.
While Corwin insists that his strategy isn’t inundating Ultra with dozens of small claims, the tactic has definitely caught their attention.
“I try to keep people from flocking,” says Corwin, who previously worked as a concert promoter before becoming a lawyer in the 1980s.
“A lot of consumers don’t read all of the terms and conditions before making a claim,” unaware that instead of getting a refund, they’ll get a VIP ticket to next year’s festival, he says. “When 25,000 people get a VIP ticket, one has to wonder how VIP the pass actually is.”
There is also no guarantee that Ultra will have enough capital to return in 2022 and the owners Russell Faibisch and Adam Russakoff Little I said about Ultra’s solvency or ability to get back to form. (Billboard approached an Ultra employee for comment but received no response).
Ultra was the first major US festival to be postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus at the Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez announced on March 5, 2020 that the event had been postponed to 2021 ahead of a national blocking order.
Cancellations and postponements soon followed for Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza and many others. Unlike Ultra, fans of festivals promoted by Live Nation and AEG offered fans the choice of a full refund or the option to carry tickets over to the next year.
The Ultra organizers didn’t offer a refund to fans, essentially forcing them to accept postponement tickets for Ultra 2021 or 2022 [fans] one month to agree to postpone their tickets before the value of their tickets expires. ” Robert Scola, District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, wrote in his decision on the federal class action lawsuit. When Scola found that the ticket buyers had agreed to resolve any disputes with Ultra organizers through third party arbitration, she paused the case and sent the dispute to arbitration on November 23, 2020.
In January, the Ultra organizers postponed the festival again with the Ultra lawyer Sandy York Letter to the Miami city manager Arthur Noriega The event should be postponed to March 25, 26 and 27, 2022. No refunds were offered to fans for a second year.
Corwin has also sued pop star Madonna and concert promotion giant Live Nation over the singer’s doomed Madame X tour 2019. Representing ticket holders who paid thousands of dollars to see the intimate venue tour, Corwin argued that decisions to reschedule the show’s start from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., along with other last-minute changes, would add to the value of the show Tickets reduced. The case was eventually settled out of court.
“My goal is to create a level playing field for consumers,” says Corwin. “Lots of people love these brands and we want to encourage them to do the right thing from their fans.”