Salmon fest lawsuit scrapped

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A St. John’s lawfirm that suggested it may pursue legal action on behalf of dissatisfied attendees of this year’s Salmon Festival has decided it will not move forward with any sort of class action lawsuit.

In a news release issued Tuesday, Ches Crosbie Barristers said almost 280 concertgoers contacted the firm expressing an interest in the proposed suit, some of whom had purchased multiple tickets.

However, the firm has since decided not to pursue legal action on the matter.

“We investigated circumstances around the festival and decided not to pursue a lawsuit. We've contacted people who expressed interest in an action to us and explained what their options are,” said Crosbie in the news release.

Crosbie added he was pleased that Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Al Hawkins publicly apologized for how the festival went this year, but said the promoter still owes the public an apology for poor conditions and disorganization at the festival.

Some attendees complained that the VIP area was over-crowded and that there was not enough food or water available on site that day. It was also an especially warm day for the concert, and attendees were not permitted to bring their own water on site. Water was sold for $4 per bottle.

Crosbie said earlier this month that remedies for a breach of contract could range from refunding tickets to paying damages for mental distress.

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  • Luke
    July 30, 2013 - 20:42

    I agree with Craig. Of course, it was for attention. This man doesn't even know how to smile. He is too occupied acting superior.

  • baywop
    July 30, 2013 - 19:27

    This whole thing was a joke. 4000 younger people crowded the stage for bands last year and you never heard a single complaint. They loved it. Its only because this year you got a bunch of older townies trying to attend a concert and expected to sit down in front of the stage.

  • intheknow
    July 30, 2013 - 14:53

    CRAIG...BINGO!!! You're absolutely correct. Crosbie managed to get his name in the news twice for doing NOTHING.

  • Stephanie
    July 30, 2013 - 14:19

    $4/bottle? That's nothing. They are trying to keep quiet that water was selling for $10/bottle at certain times when they ran really low.

  • Hanonymous Boche
    July 30, 2013 - 14:16

    I heard a lot of complaints about the lack of forethought by Festival organizers. Craig is being too hard on Crosbie, who works for the public good a damn sight more often than most lawyers.

  • Craig
    July 30, 2013 - 13:23

    Crosbie should also offer his very own personal apology! In his haste to advertise the potential for a payday he offered an incentive that caused many (probably most) of the 280 to sign up for the lottery. His actions assisted in a popular and long standing event publically ridiculed. For what? Was it because he saw a quick and easy buck or was it just for public attention? I guess we will know when another event causes some discomfort (real or fabricated) to a patron and Mr. Crosbie's mug appears on the evening news!