A financial crime lawyer says some Pemberton Music Festival attendees now without tickets could be in line for a refund with some extra cash on the side.
Christine Duhaime says anyone who bought tickets while the company was looking into filing for bankruptcy should be fully reimbursed, and could file a lawsuit for damages.
“The moment they signed that trustee agreement, or when they knew they told the trustee, ‘We’re going to hire you’… that second [they should have] shut down the website and put a notice up and stop the payment mechanism.”
Duhaime says the fact the website was still running after the company reached out to a bankruptcy trustee is concerning.
“They would’ve continued to take money from people, and I’m more worried about students and teenagers, a lot of whom go to this. They would’ve continued to take money from them knowing that they were never going to be able to deliver a concert to them. I think that’s ethically problematic as well as legally problematic.”
The Ernst and Young trustee overseeing the file says he took control of the claim at 2 p.m. Thursday.
However, the festival website was still selling tickets for at least another hour, only after which a legal notice was posted preventing any further sales.