It seems German trance authority, Paul van Dyk (real name, Matthias Paul), may have some difficulty collecting his $12,588,643.45 restitution money he was granted after a near-fatal fall in 2016.
Dyk suffered serious brain damage and spine injuries in February of 2016, upon falling from the stage during a performance at A State Of Trance Festival in Utrecht, a province in the Netherlands. The festival’s organizers, ALDA Events, were ordered to pay Paul the settlement funds for medical bills, future damages, as well as “other damages,” after the preceding judge deemed that organizers neglected to let Paul know the stage wasn’t “safe to stand on.”
ALDA is pushing back, however. Representatives on ALDA’s behalf are building a case to appeal the settlement, largely predicated on their claim that Paul was never in contract with them or their festival.
“The fact that petitioner Paul is a non-signatory and a non-party means that the arbitration agreement doesn’t extend to him,” ALDA Events writes in their opposition filing. “And no agreement to arbitrate exists between him and Alda.”
The complete court filing is available here.
Paul is still performing and quite active under his van Dyk masthead. Earlier this year, he launched a record label, called VANDIT, which he says is dedicated to providing a release platform for up-and-coming trance artists.
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