A man who alleges he was punched in the face at the Hollywood Palladium after a 2019 concert featuring Canadian electronic music producer Deadmau5 by a man passing out fliers for future events has reached a settlement with companies that promote events at the venue.
Attorneys for plaintiff Thomas Schwarz filed a notice of settlement on Sept. 16 with Los Angeles Superior Court Jill Feeney in the lawsuit that named as defendants promoters Live Nation Worldwide Inc. and Insomniac Holdings LLC as well as venue owner CH Palladium LLC and the alleged assailant, Craig Cortes. No terms were divluged. CH Palladium and Cortes were previously dropped as defendants.
Schwarz and a female companion attended the Deadmau5 concert at the Palladium on Sept. 29, 2019, and the couple were still in the venue when they were approached by Cortes, who was promoting future events, the suit stated.
Cortes “verbally assaulted” Schwarz’s companion when she turned down his promotional offerings and she pushed him in response, the plaintiff’s court papers stated. Schwarz intervened to try to ease the tension, the suit filed in December 2019 stated. Cortes reacted by punching Schwarz in the face, the force of which caused the plaintiff to fall, become unconscious and suffer a “severe and traumatic head injury,” the plaintiffs’ court papers stated.
Live Nation and the Palladium were “negligent and reckless” by failing to properly train and supervise Cortes and by continuing to retain him, according to the suit, which further states that Live Nation and Insomniac used another company, Wide Awake LLC, and Cortes to market future events for the Palladium.
In their court papers, Live Nation attorneys stated that during the evening of the event, Schwarz had ingested cocaine and marijuana as well as many numerous alcoholic beverages.
“When (Schwarz) raised his hand up toward Cortes’ chest, Cortes hit (him),” according to the Live Nation lawyers, who along with Insomniac attorneys maintained in their court papers that their clients did not employ Cortes.