Paul van Dyk may not be eligible to receive the $12.6 million awarded to him in compensation following a near-fatal fall from a stage in February 2016, it has been reported.
According to a report by Digital Music News, ALDA Events – the company behind the A State Of Trance festival where the freak accident occurred – has contested a court order made in January 2019 awarding the trance DJ $12,588,643.45 in damages, including medical bills and past and future lost profits.
On 27th February 2016, during his set at A State Of Trance Festival in Utrecht, van Dyk fell from the stage, suffering life-threatening damage to his spine and a severe brain injury. In the final court order issued at the start of this year, it was deemed that Alda Events had not designed the stage to be safe to stand on, nor had they warned the DJ that part of the stage was unstable.
ALDA events have now returned to court with a view to overturning that ruling. Filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California earlier this week, ALDA has claimed that Paul van Dyk never signed an underlying contract to perform at the 2016 music festival. The company has stated that this claim overrides the DJs legal standing to participate in arbitration or receive the cost of the damages.
“The fact that petitioner Paul is a non-signatory and a non-party means that the arbitration agreement doesn’t extend to him,” ALDA Events claims. “And no agreement to arbitrate exists between him and Alda.”
As it stands, it is unclear what the outcome of ALDA Events appeal will be. You can view the company’s complete opposition filing here.
Meanwhile, Paul van Dyk is currently in the midst of his beloved SHINE Ibiza residency.
In April this year, PVD launched announced a new label that focuses on up-and-coming trance artists.
[Via: Digital Music News]
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