Coachella are reportedly in the process of dealing with a couple of lawsuits as the festival gears up to kick off its 2018 edition this Friday.
As TMZ reports, the family of a former security worker for Coachella have recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the festival, alleging that organisers failed to provide adequate safety measures.
In April of 2016, Micha’la Josephine Freeland was struck by a vehicle while crossing an unpaved road near the festival campgrounds, before tragically passing away later that night. The family claim that proper barricades, lighting and warning signs were not provided, making it a dangerous environment for both patrons and staff to be around.
However, the issue at play is that Freeland was reportedly off the clock at the time of the incident, though Freeland’s family allege the festival was aware that staff would be frequenting the area, and claim that their negligence contributed to her passing.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that Soul’d Out Productions have recently filed an antitrust lawsuit against Coachella, AEG Presents, and Goldenvoice, claiming that the festival’s radius clause, which restricts where artists are allowed to play before and after an event, is akin to an illegal monopoly.