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Astroworld lawsuits to be handled by a single judge, Texas board rules

Travis Scott Astroworld
Posted at 9:37 AM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-09 09:44:52-05

HOUSTON — A judicial board has ruled that the more than 300 lawsuits that have been filed so far in Houston following a crowd surge at the Astroworld festival that left 10 people dead will be handled by one judge.

The consolidation order was issued Tuesday by a board of judges in Harris County, where Houston is located.

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 consolidation that was granted Tuesday might conflict with a similar request that's before a state panel overseen by the Texas Supreme Court.

In addition to the ten people killed, dozens of people were hospitalized and hundreds were treated for injuries after crowds surged during Scott's performance at the festival on Nov. 5.

CNN reports that Scott's performance began around 9 p.m. local time, at which point police began receiving calls about injuries in the crowd. Police declared a "mass casualty event" around 9:40 p.m., but Scott's performance continued until after 10 p.m.

Law enforcement investigations into the tragedy are still ongoing.