An incredible case is being set in Formula 1.
Organizers of the Las Vegas Grand Prix have reaped huge interest with Sunday’s race, but now face bankruptcy if a court upholds the claim of more than 30,000 disgruntled fans.
All of them were unable to watch the first training session at the end of last week after being escorted from the stands by police. The reason is that the session was delayed due to a problem with a shaft on the course, which is on the streets of the city.
This meant that the shifts of the security teams and security guards ended and there was no one to guarantee peace in the fan areas. And the easiest solution was for security to ask the spectators to leave.
The organizer made no attempt to apologize, and fans with one-day tickets were “compensated” with $200 worth of vouchers to shop at the race’s online store.
Which led to a colossal lawsuit. According to the AFP agency, there is already one filed by Nevada fans who have hired local law firms Dimopoulos Law and JK Legal & Consulting.
The class action brings together 35,000 people, each seeking $30,000 in compensation. And if this amount is awarded by the court, it is slightly more than 1 billion dollars from the accounts of the organizer “Liberty Media”.
“We are protecting the rights of the fans who traveled from afar, spent serious money on tickets, but never got what they expected,” explained Steve Dimopoulos, owner and lead attorney of the law firm Dimopoulas Law to Reuters. “With the compensation, offered to the fans, there are many problems. A $200 voucher is insufficient compensation. Many people probably want the organizer to refund them, and there are also those who come from far away and have spent a lot of money on transportation.”