Flo Rida Gets Out Of Paying Australian Promoter
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.20.2013
They didn't serve their papers appropriately...
.Billboard reports that Flo Rida (real name Tramar Dillard) has avoided paying damages to the organizers of an Australian music festival (Fat As Butter Fest 2011) that he didn't show up for. He had been paid his performance fee before the festival started.
Mothership Music sued Flo and his management VIP Entertainment and Concepts in the NSW District Court for breach of contract and damages for a total of Australian $417,345 ($377,000 US). Since they didn't have very many options to serve the papers, their legal team decided to file a summons on Facebook on the order of Judge Judith Gibson.
The court originally ruled in the favor of Mothership and Flo Rida challenged it in the NSW Court of Appeal. The appeal was upheld last Tuesday as the judge ruled that Facebook was not an appropriate way to serve legal papers because there was no proof the artist was actually connected to the page.
Justice Robert McFarlan said: "The evidence did not establish, other than by mere assertion, that the Facebook page was in fact that of Flo Rida and did not prove that a posting on it was likely to come to his attention in a timely fashion."