Judge Dismisses Michaels’ Promoter Suit

A federal judge dismissed Aug. 8 Bret Michaels  $5 million breach of contract lawsuit against a New York promoter accused of stiffing Michaels of fees for a canceled Syracuse, N.Y., show in August 2010.

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M3 Rock Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md.

The lawsuit stems from claims the performer didn’t know Michael Banks of Aloha Events had canceled the band’s appearance at Central New York Regional Market until Michaels and crew arrived at the location to find nothing was set up for the concert.

U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd dismissed Michaels’ civil suit because there reportedly was no evidence of established bad faith on Banks’ part, according to WSTM-TV.

Banks reportedly missed two deposit payment deadlines – something Michaels’ reps were aware of – prior to the concert and was still trying to secure the needed funds as well as postpone the concert a day prior.

In 2011, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Banks owed Michaels $95,000 as well as refunds to ticketholders. The refunds have been paid but Banks is reportedly tapped out for the rest.