Surprise! Punk Rock Picnic Promoter Steve Smith is a No-Show in Small Claims Court
So here's a great snapshot of our less-than-perfect legal system...
Yesterday afternoon marked what should've been the first step in a small claims lawsuit filed against failed local promoter Steve Smith, the guy behind the doomed Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival, which we detailed in last week's cover story. We mentioned last week that Gregg White, an indie label owner and would-be vendor at the festival, was the first person to take legal action against Smith, filing a suit for the nearly $1,000 fee he'd paid for a booth at the festival, which was to be held at the Queen Mary last April before it was abruptly cancelled.
Still, White insists that the money he's spending to bring Smith to justice--though it continues to add up--isn't the issue. "Somebody has to stand up and show him he can't do this to people," White says. "I'm realizing that yeah, that money I lost, I might not ever see it again and I may just be at the end of my rope with this whole situation but I know I have to at least try to bring this guy to justice. I just think the system is allowing this guy to skate because he's got no money, no way to pay anyone back supposedly. It's just a messed up situation." The court date is rescheduled to next month to Harbor Center in Newport Beach. We'll see if Smith shows up then. Somehow we doubt it.
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