IONIA—A Grand Rapids attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit against Clear Channel Communications for damage done to more than 1,000 vehicles that were damaged by flooding during the B-93 Birthday Bash on June 20 at the Ionia Free Fair Grounds.
John Tallman filed the suit this afternoon in Ionia County Circuit Court in Ionia on behalf of Tony Hansknecht of Grand Rapids and now is adding others whose vehicles were damaged that day. Any vehicle owners wishing to participate in the suit should contact Tallman's office by calling (616) 361-8850.
The suit list three counts against Clear Channel -- negligence, willful and wanton negligence, and a class-action complaint.
Hansknecht's 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, which was parked at the festival, was a total loss. He said nothing electrical works and "the smell won't come out" of the car.
"They (festival organizers) knew at 4 a.m. that it was going to flood," Hansknecht told FOX 17 NEWS. "Then they received a 911 call at 8 a.m. and yet they let the show go on. I'm flabbergasted they did this.
"They should have called off the whole show or parked people somewhere else instead of parking people in a flood plain knowing that a flood was coming," he said. "It was absolutely stupid."
Hansknecht said he and others have contacted Clear Channel's insurance company but "they won't call back."
Tallman told FOX 17 NEWS that Clear Channel's corporate office in San Antonio, Texas, will be served with notice of the suit on Monday. He said Clear Channel has 28 days to respond to the suit.
Officials at Clear Channel headquarters were unavailable for comment today.