Live Nation settles nine out of ten wrongful death lawsuits three years after Astroworld tragedy

Event promoter Live Nation settles nine out ten lawsuits from the Astroworld tragedy.

Pop Culture & Art May 09, 2024

Nearly three years after the devastating crowd crush at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival claimed the lives of ten concertgoers, event promoter Live Nation has settled nine of the ten wrongful death lawsuits filed after the tragedy.


According to the Associated Press, the settlement announcement comes as the lawsuit filed by the family of Madison Dubiski, a 23-year-old Houston resident, was set to go to trial this week.


Neal Manne, Live Nation's attorney, revealed during a hearing on May 8 that the promotion company and Travis Scott had reached settlements in nine of the cases, including Dubiski's.


However, the settlement terms remain undisclosed. The only remaining lawsuit is filed by the family of Ezra Blount, the nine-year-old who was the youngest victim of the catastrophe. Their attorney has indicated plans to take the case to trial.


The Astroworld Festival, held on November 5, 2021, at Houston's NRG Park, witnessed a horrific crowd crush that killed eight concertgoers on-site and two more who later succumbed to injuries in the hospital.


In the aftermath, more than 4,000 attendees filed hundreds of lawsuits, including 2,400 injury cases.


As these settlements are being finalized, the Justice Department announced its intention last month to sue Live Nation for antitrust violations.


The lawsuit is expected to claim that Live Nation "has leveraged its dominance in a way that undermined competition for ticketing events," resulting in a near-monopoly in the live events industry.


During a pretrial hearing on May 8, Live Nation representatives confirmed settlements in nine of the ten wrongful death cases. Several lawsuits were consolidated for pretrial hearings, involving defendants such as Apple, Live Nation, Travis Scott, and various subcontractors.


The settlement terms remain confidential, and the trial date for the Blount family's lawsuit is yet to be determined.


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