A group of 277 attendees to the now infamous Fyre festival will receive settlement payouts of $7,220 following a class action lawsuit against organizers “Ja Rule” and Billy McFarland.
In 2017 Fyre festival was promoted as a luxury music festival to be held in the Bahamas and feature musical artists like Major Lazer and Migos. Upon arrival, attendees found conditions that have been likened to disaster relief camps after having paid between $1,000 and $12,000 for tickets.
The festival was canceled on its opening day and those who did fly to the site were evacuated by the Bahamian government.
Organizer Billy McFarland was largely blamed for the disastrous event, and formally apologized to customers, saying that he was “committed to…finding a way to make things right”. Multiple lawsuits were filed against McFarland and Ja Rule, and McFarland was arrested for wire fraud in June 2017.
McFarland has since plead guilty to multiple fraud charges, as well as charges involving his company NYC VIP Access, which sold fake tickets to customers. He was sentenced to six years in prison in October 2018.
Ja Rule was officially cleared of any wrongdoing the following year.
There is still a pending lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that is subject to a vote of approval, which could lower payout numbers for Fyre’s lawsuits after the company filed for bankruptcy.