A civil lawsuit against Electric Daisy Carnival promoter Pasquale Rotella brought on by the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit, which alleged civil conspiracy, fraud, unfair business practices, and unscrupulous accounting practices, was first filed back in 2011.
The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission claimed that Rotella and Reza Gerami of Go Ventures paid kickbacks to ex-Memorial Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano in exchange for guaranteed access and lower rates. Rotella and Gerami denied any wrongdoing, claiming that payments made to DeStefano were for consulting services, were made above the board, and were completely separate from his role as the Memorial Coliseum events manager. More from Hypebot:
“We have maintained from day one that the Coliseum’s meritless lawsuit was ill-conceived, politically motivated and publicity driven. We are very pleased that the Court recognized that Insomniac and Mr. Rotella’s business with the Coliseum was lawful and transparent,” said a statement by Insomniac attorney Gary Jay Kaufman. “With this civil suit behind them, Insomniac can now focus on doing what they do best—putting on the world’s greatest electronic dance music festivals.”
Despite Mr. Kaufman’s enthusiasm, Rotella still faces criminal charges relating to the alleged kickback scheme and faces as much as 14 years in prison if found guilty. A hearing on arguments to dismiss the criminal charges has been scheduled for September 18th.