by: Sami Weisband
November 18, 2020
Event Entertainment Group, the parent company of Ultra Music Festival, has filed a lawsuit against production company AG Production Services for allegedly withholding a deposit of nearly $ 800,000. Event Entertainment Group would have paid the sum when signing the contract with AG Production Services. The deal, which required a deposit totaling more than $ 1.5 million for the development and supervision of lighting, video and stages, secured AG Production Services‘ expertise for the 2020 leg of the project. flagship event of the Ultra Music Festival, Ultra Miami. The remainder of the deposit was payable at the time of the festival, initially scheduled for March 20-22, and thereafter.
Following the cancellation of Ultra Miami 2020 due to health concerns related to COVID-19, festival organizers reportedly sent AG Production Services a letter requesting reimbursement of the deposit due to a clause of “Force majeure” in the contract. In legal terms, force majeure is defined as “unforeseeable circumstances which prevent someone from performing a contract” and can be considered a “fortuitous event” which relieves the parties from contractual obligations due to unrelated events. of their will.
Arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic was a case of force majeure, the Ultra Music Festival reportedly received a response from AG Production Services indicating that the company had already spent the deposit for hotel and travel costs, the equipment rental, trucking and payroll, all. AG allegedly claimed to have been in connection with the work commissioned by the festival brand. Ultra Music Festival officials have since disputed hotel, travel and trucking costs on the grounds that AG staff never traveled to Miami.
The circumstances prompted Event Entertainment Group to take legal action against AG for breach of contract and unjust enrichment. Event Entertainment Group is represented by Morgan & Morgan.
Via: Miami-Dade County Court Clerk
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