Paul Van Dyk injury settlement contested by promoters
The Paul Van Dyk injury settlement is unfounded say Alda Events!
In 2016, Paul Van Dyk had a near-fatal fall during his set at A State of Trance Festival in the Netherland’s.
The DJ suffered severe spinal and brain injury, which left him having to re-learn how to eat, talk and walk during his recovery months.
The fall was so bad (I mean, have you seen the ASOT stage?) that doctors found his recovery miraculous.
In 2018 the famed DJ took Alda Events to court and was awarded $12,588,643.45 in damages this year, which included medical bills as well as past and future loss of profits.
As the judge saw it, Alda didn’t design the stage “safe to stand on” and also didn’t warn Van Dyk against standing on the unstable portion of the stage- an activity DJ’s thrive off of.
It’s all about that paperwork!
According to Digital Music News, on Monday Alda Events filed a motion to overturn the settlement at the U.S District Court for the Central District of California, claiming that Van Dyk never signed an underlying contract to perform at ASOT 2016…
From a contractual point, this basically means that Alda doesn’t have to take responsibility for Van Dyk’s safety (or non-safety).
“The fact that petitioner Paul is a non-signatory and a non-party means that the arbitration agreement doesn’t extend to him, and no agreement to arbitrate exists between him and Alda.”
You can view Alda’s complete opposition filing here.
Time will tell whether the Paul Van Dyk injury settlement is revoked or not; but take this as a lesson and make sure your contracts are in order.