Allman Brothers to headline All Good Festival; lawsuits get trial date

The Baltimore Sun

The Allman Brothers and the Flaming Lips will headline this year's All Good Festival at its new location in Columbus, Ohio, Maryland-based Walther Productions said today.

The jam band festival moved from its long-time West Virginia location in November after a fatal accident at last year's event left a young woman dead, resulting in three wrongful-death lawsuits. 

Coincidentally, a U.S. District judge said today all three lawsuits will be tried together at a trial that has been tentatively set for August 19.

All Good's 15th edition ended in tragedy when a truck careened into a camp of tents where attendees slept, killing a South Carolina woman, Nicole Faris Miller. Her friends Yen Ton and Elizabeth Rose Doran were injured. 

In three separate lawsuits filed in September and October, Ton, Doran, and Kim S. Miller, Nicole's father, accused Walther; his company; Marvin’s Mountaintop and several of the festival's vendors, including parking and security operators, of “wanton, reckless, grossly negligent" acts.

In November, Walther Productions moved to dismiss the lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. It also filed a cross-claim against the festival's security company, Event Staffing, Inc., charging the independent contractor with negligence.

When it announced All Good would move to Ohio, Walther Productions did not mention the lawsuits, saying only the festival grounds at Marvin's Mountaintops, had created "challenges and frustrations" for fans and the grounds' neighbors.

 This year's festival will be held at legend valley Concert Venue & Campground July 19 - 22, which provides the festival with "better roads and faster processing," according to a press release. 

The full line-up, announced today, includes Phil Lesh & Friends, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Papadosio, in addition to 15 other bands. Over 20 more artists are expected to be added over the coming months.

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