A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Quincy by the promoter of the Fantasia concert held September 2 at the Quincy Amphitheatre.
The lawsuit states that David J. Hall and Lloyd Fl. Pavilion LLC sought access to the city’s public records relating to ticket sales and the printing and sale of VIP/vendor passes prior to the concert in order to conduct a full and accurate audit and to investigate whether the city or its agent or employees engaged in the misuse of passes for financial gain.
A letter that was dated Sept. 13 that was submitted to Quincy city manager Jack McLean, and accompanies the lawsuit by attorney H. Richard Bisbee, states that Charles J. Hayes was the city’s authorized agent who negotiated with Hall’s company. The letter said the city exercised complete control over the ticketing functions.
“Mr. Hall reasonably believes based upon the evidence presently available to him that the city, through an employee or employees, counterfeited tickets and VIP passes which were then sold to third parties,” the letter states. “As a consequence, Mr. Hall incurred a substantial amount of up-front expenses (approximately $62,000.00 to date and increasing as additional invoices become due).”
In the letter, Hall demanded the city release within 24 hours of the letter’s date, documents relating to e-ticket sales, taxes on all ticket sales, sponsorship checks, vendor or VIP passes and any other documents relating to the concert.
The letter said Hall intended to sue the city if his request wasn’t met.
Attorney Busbee’s letter goes on to state that “Mr. Hall further reasonably believes that his monetary damages to date are no less than $100,000.00 and in lieu of the delays in the city responding to his public records request, Mr. Hall is willing to accept within no less than 24 hours beginning from your faxed receipt of this letter a cashier’s check from the city in that amount payable to his order in exchange for which he will provide the city with a complete and full release an any and all liability.”
Quincy city manager Jack McLean was unavailable for comment.