LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission today was ordered to pay almost $400,000 in attorney's fees to concert promoters who were accused -- and then cleared -- of charges they had paid kickbacks to a commission official.
Insomniac Inc. and Go Ventures had been sued by the commission, which alleged they had conspired with ex-events manager Todd DeStefano to deprive the Coliseum and Sports Arena of revenues from 37 electronic music performances held since 1998, with more than one million attendees.
The promoters were cleared of those charges by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Green last Aug. 30. Insomniac attorneys then filed a motion to have their client compensated for legal expenses incurred in fighting the allegations, which the judge granted today.
Insomniac attorney Gary Jay Kaufman hailed the ruling.
“We have maintained from day one that this matter was politically motivated and publicity driven. Just like elections, losing a lawsuit has real consequences,” Kaufman said.
“Today the court ordered the Coliseum Commission to pay Insomniac's attorney fees, approximately $396,000, for having pursing misguided and ill- conceived lawsuits.”
Kaufman said the Coliseum Commission's attorneys were given numerous chances to amend the complaint to buffer the lawsuit's allegations but instead kept coming back with nothing new.