Dr Dre and Ice Cube ask to removed from Suge Knight litigation
Liability / September 2015

LIABILITY All areas     Dr Dre and Ice Cube have requested to be removed from civil lawsuit hat stemmed from the incident when one time Deathrow Records boss Suge Knight drove a vehicle into two men, killing one of them in January. Knight is also facing criminal charges in relation to the incident. It’s claimed he deliberately drove his pickup truck into Cle Sloan and Terry Carter, killing the latter, after an altercation outside a burger bar in LA. In the civil action filed  by Carter’s widow, it is stated that the altercation –began on a nearby film set where a commercial for the new NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ was being filmed. Carter’s filing says that Sloan had been hired to recruit local gang members to participate in the film shoot, as extras and security. Both Dre and Cube were present at the filming, which caused problems when Knight – (who has long feuded with Dre) also showed up, seemingly to berate those working on the movie over his portrayal in the biopic. Dre then seemingly requested that Sloan remove Knight from the site, which resulted in a fracas that then continued a few miles away outside that burger bar. It is thought Carter…

Sony fire losses were due to a riot
Liability , Music Publishing / October 2013

LIABILITY Recorded music   CMU Daily reports that The High Court on London has ruled that the London Mayor’s Office For Policing And Crime should be liable for the losses caused by the fire at the Sony DADC centre in North London, which was destroyed during the riots of August 2011. Amongst the materials lost in the fire was the physical stock of numerous independent labels, because distributor [PIAS] used the storage centre. The liability stems from the Riot Damages Act: Insurers for Sony had sought £49.5m for property, customer stock and business interruption while the insurers for the owners of the warehouse had wanted £9.35m for property damage and loss of rent. Counsel for the police argued that the attack on the warehouse was a “planned criminal enterprise” and a “planned raid” rather than a riot. He said the group “coordinated their activities by mobile phone or blackberry messaging” to break in to the building in a “quiet industrial area”. The Court noted that the Sony centre had been raided by “25 youths” who had earlier congregated on a nearby housing estate and that police had been warned by numerous people about a local gang causing problems the previous day,…

Dreamscape judgment apportions liability for art installation death claims
Liability , Live Events / June 2011

LIABILITY Live events industry Mr Justice Foskett has now given his judgment (16th May 2011) in the High Court confirming the apportionment of liability resulting from the ‘Dreamscape’ tragedy in 2006. Dreamscape V was the inflatable art installation created by the late Maurice Agis that covered almost half a football pitch. On 23 July 2006 Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, County Durham the installation broke free of its anchorage and video footage showed it lifting into the air, moving about 85 metres, killing two people and injuring a number of others, some seriously. There had already been settlement between the estates of the victims and the injured parties, and the defendants, and the issue before the High Court was the apportionment of responsibility for these damages between Chester-le-Street District Council and arts event organiser Brouhaha International Limited (BIL) who were both involved in the organisation of the event.  Mr Agis’s son, Giles, was a director of BIL. This was a decision on how much each of their insurers had to pay towards the total compensation. Maurice Agis died with no money in his estate and he was uninsured. Maurice Agis had already been convicted of Health & Safety at Work Act 1974…