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L.A. Coliseum Settlement Reached

06:01 AM Wednesday 6/6/12 | |

The family of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed and died after attending a 2010 rave concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will receive a $190,000 settlement.

According to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the settlement was recently reached with the insurance company for the promoter of the event, Insomniac Inc., and an insurer for the Coliseum’s former events manager Todd DeStefano.

Insomniac’s Insurer will reportedly pony up $175,000 for its liability, with DeStefano’s insurer providing the remaining $15,000.

The girl gained entry to the Electric Daisy Carnival in June of that year although the minimum age for the concert was 16. While there, she went into respiratory arrest and was transported to a nearby emergency room to be treated for drug intoxication.

Steven Archer, an attorney for the parents of the girl, noted to the Times “there has to be oversight to prevent children from being able to gain entry and be put into a position of danger.”

“It’s not the kind of environment for children. … The tragedy is that it took the death of a 15-year-old girl to focus attention on the Coliseum Commission and the practice of allowing raves on the property,” he said.

The death prompted an investigation into the Coliseum Commission’s booking of rave events at the state-owned venue. Insomniac head Pasquale Rotella and several top-ranking officials at the venue including former GM Patrick Lynch and DeStefano were recently charged in a corruption case surrounding the Coliseum.

A lawyer for Insomniac, Gary Jay Kauffman, told the Times that, despite the insurance settlement, the promoter was not at fault for the death.

“Insomniac was sued for who we were, not what we did,” he wrote in a statement, adding that, if the girl “snuck into the Hollywood Bowl during a Barry Manilow concert and overdosed on some drug, there never would have been a lawsuit.

“Insomniac did not admit any wrongdoing or liability as part of the settlement because they did not in fact do anything wrong.”

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