Class Claims Filed Against Company Behind Cancelled 2020 Ultra Festival

Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel


On March 31, 2021, class claims were filed in the Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit for Miami-Dade County against Event Entertainment Group Inc. over the company’s decision to withhold ticketholder refunds from the cancelled 2020 Ultra Music Festival.

In the complaint, named plaintiff Gabrielle Petroka describes how the music festival was initially scheduled to occur on March 20-22, 2020 outdoors at Miami’s Bayfront Park. The plaintiff alleges that in February 2020 she purchased two festival tickets for a total cost of $1,032.00. However in early March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic gained momentum and its wide-reaching effects became evident, the defendants cancelled the festival.

Notably, rather than refer to the 2020 Ultra Festival as cancelled, the defendant announced it as postponed and offered ticketholders the option to transfer their tickets to the 2021 or 2022 festivals instead of opting to receive a refund. The plaintiff argues that any future festivals would be held on a different date and feature a different musical line-up than the 2020 show that she and her fellow ticketholders intended to attend. Compounding 2020 festival ticketholders’ frustration is the fact that the 2021 festival was also cancelled.

The plaintiff seeks to represent a class made up of Florida citizens who purchased tickets to the 2020 Ultra Festival. The suit brings causes of action for breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive and unfair trade practices, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy and injunctive relief.

The case is: Petroka et al. v. Event Entertainment Group Inc. et al., Case No.: 2021-007865-CA, in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

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