Insomniac Wins Court Costs

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has been ordered to pay Insomniac Events nearly $400,000 in attorney’s fees related to a lawsuit the commission filed against Insomniac and its founder, Pasquale Rotella, several years ago.

The suit, which Superior Court Judge Terry Green dismissed last year, accused Rotella and another promoter of conning officials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees for EDM events by paying then-Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano on the side.

After the charges were dropped in August, Insomniac filed a motion to collect the attorneys’ fees incurred during the suit.

“We are very pleased that the Court awarded Insomniac the full amount of its attorneys’ fees,” Insomniac attorney Gary Jay Kaufman said in a statement. “This is just further confirmation of what we have maintained from day one: this lawsuit was ill-conceived, politically motivated and publicity driven. Neither Insomniac nor Mr. Rotella did anything wrong and this lawsuit should never have been brought in the first place.”

The suit followed a corruption investigation launched in the wake of a 15-year-old girl’s Ecstasy overdose and subsequent death after reportedly sneaking into Insomniac’s 16-and-older Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010. The investigation examined the Coliseum Commission’s booking of rave events at the state-owned venue and eventually led to the resignations of former commission GM Patrick Lynch and DeStefano.