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Crowd Crush Compensation

Crowd Crush Compensation

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Falls Festival Crowd Crush Legal Saga Has Come To An End

More than 70 victims of the 2016 crowd crush at Lorne's Falls Festival will receive a share of almost $7 million, following a settlement approval from the Victorian Supreme Court.

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It puts an end to the almost four-year long saga involving dozens of seriously injured punters who were involved in the incident at the Lorne festival.

The crush happened as punters left the Grand Theatre, where the DMAs had been playing, on December 30 in 2016. Many were on their way to see London Grammar play at a nearby stage.

77 people were reported injured from the incident and in December 2018, organisers admitted their actions were to blame for the crowd crush, and admitted that the victims suffered injury, loss and damage due to their breach of duty.

About a third of those victims, who suffered the most serious injuries, will receive compensation of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The settlement follows a tough few years for organisers, who've been forced to cancel this years news years eve fest due to coronavirus concerns, after also canceling last years event due to fire risk.

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