Houston Lawyer Seeks $10 Billion for Astroworld Victims, Travis Scott Denies Fault
If you're like me, you probably find it difficult to picture one billion dollars, let alone ten billion!
The largest lawsuit associated with the Astroworld case so far has been filed by Houston attorney Brent Coon, founder of Brent Coon & Associates. He is seeking $10 billion in damages on behalf of over 1500 people who attended the event, where 10 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
He also wants to take steps to make sure this type of tragedy never happens again. According to a press release from Coon's firm, he is working to create legislation for crowd control, mandatory training for event planning, and holding organizers criminally liable for failure to maintain public safety.
Is This One of the Biggest Lawsuits Ever Filed?
This would be one of the largest lawsuits ever filed in Texas. In 2019, a Medicaid Fraud Settlement was reached at the cost of $236 million for the state after the attorney general's office sued Xerox and its companies for approving orthodontic work performed on thousands of children who either didn’t meet the Medicaid standard or didn’t require treatment.
The Response from Travis Scott
Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that rapper Travis Scott is issuing a 'general denial', which in legalese means giving the same response to multiple allegations. Travis is asking that all lawsuits be dismissed against him, his company Jack Enterprises, and his foundation/label Cactus Jack.
In an interview with Charlamagne tha God, Scott also said that he is '1000% sure' he did everything he could to help, and he would have stopped his show if he had known how deadly conditions had become in the audience.
Who is Brent Coon?
Brent Coon is the founder of Brent Coon and Associates, a law firm with two offices in Texas and additional offices in Denver, Philadelphia, and Nashville that was established in 2001.
This is not the first time he has been involved in litigation for a mass casualty event. Coon served as lead plaintiff counsel on the BP Texas City explosion in 2007, which resulted in 15 deaths and injuries to over a thousand workers. Earlier this year, Coon was ordered to pay attorney’s fees in a lawsuit accusing him of mishandling his representation of an oil spill claimant.