A second BottleRock vendor has taken legal steps to be compensated for services provided at the financially troubled music festival held in May in Napa.
The company responsible for the portable toilets, luxury restroom trailers, handwashing stations and temporary fencing at BottleRock is suing festival organizers Gabe Meyers, Bob Vogt and BottleRock for $202,000.
United Site Services of California, located in San Jose, filed a lawsuit in Napa Superior Court on Friday, claiming breach of contract by defendants Vogt, Meyers, BR Festivals LLC, BRNV LLC, Willpower Entertainment LLC, Gemini Production Solutions LLC, Kohn Dwight and unnamed defendants referred to as “Does 1-20.”
According to the complaint, United was to be paid “upon being invoiced” after the 2013 BottleRock music festival, which was held on the Expo grounds May 8 to 12.
“Despite numerous requests,” the business has not been paid, said the complaint.
“There is concern about ever getting paid,” attorney Susan Bishop, representing United Site Services, said Monday afternoon. She said her client wanted to file a lawsuit quickly in hopes of being compensated from whatever funds are left from the festival or get higher priority among other potential lawsuits.
“I don’t know if there is any money left,” Bishop said. “If there is, who’s going to get it? It seems to me if they had the money they would have paid everybody.”
According to Bishop, plaintiff Kohn Dwight is affiliated with Gemini Production Solutions. Dwight supposedly brokered the United contract with BottleRock, Bishop said.
The five-day music marathon, held May 8 to 12, became the largest event in Napa history, bringing tens of thousands of music lovers to the Napa Expo. Attendance was estimated to reach more than 120,000. Neighbors and downtown businesses grappled with the influx of visitors, some benefiting more than others. A number of charities were promised a total of up to $1 million in donations.
But two months after the festival’s conclusion, BottleRock organizers have yet to pay 142 union workers $630,000 in wages, a number of other vendors and the designated charities. Bus company Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation filed the first lawsuit against BottleRock on June 17.
In recent weeks, Vogt said he is seeking investors for the festival. BottleRock organizers are also engaged in a financial dispute with Cindy Pawlcyn’s CP Cooks, the group that organized the food and beverage services at the event.
Gemini Production’s Dwight, BottleRock spokesperson Vogt and an attorney for BottleRock could not be immediately reached Tuesday afternoon.