The more than 300 lawsuits that have been filed so far in Houston, Texas following a massive crowd surge at the Astroworld festival that left 10 people dead have been consolidated and will be handled by one judge as the cases proceed through the court system, a judicial board has ruled.
The 10 people who died were among 50,000 who had attended the festival and were in the audience on Nov. 5 when Scott’s concert turned deadly as fans surged toward the stage during his set.
In the new order, the Board of Judges of the Civil Trial Division of the Harris County District Courts in Houston granted a request by attorney Brent Coon to have all pretrial matters in the various lawsuits be handled by one judge. If any of the lawsuits go to trial, the case would return to its original court.
“This consolidation will promote the expeditious and efficient administration of justice,” the two-page order said.
All pretrial motions and issues in the lawsuits will be heard by state District Judge, Kristen Hawkins.
Those who have been sued include rap superstar Travis Scott, who created the festival and was the headliner, concert promoter Live Nation and other companies connected to the event.
The Astroworld festival is one of the deadliest concerts in U.S. history as medics risked their own lives going into the mob and pulling out patients.
The youngest victim was 9-year-old Ezra Blount. The others who died ranged in age from 14 to 27. Some 300 people were injured and treated at the festival site and 25 were taken to hospitals.
Prosecutors of 2,000 concertgoers are asking for $10 billion in damages.
According to prosecutors on Wednesday, December 8, having all the cases before one judge will create efficiency, eliminate redundancy and spread costs in the cases to everyone involved in the litigation.