RAMIFICATIONS:The head of the victims’ legal team said the lawsuit would proceed, as it might affect their ability to ask for compensation from others responsible
Date: Jan 31, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The organizer of the Color Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast
(八仙海岸) water park on June 27 last year, which ended in disaster after colored powder that was sprayed in the air exploded and triggered an inferno, yesterday said that victims might not receive compensation even if they win a lawsuit against him and his companies, because he cannot afford to pay the total being demanded.
The NT$21 billion (US$624.1 million) lawsuit against Lu Chung-chi (呂忠吉) and his companies was filed at Taipei’s Shilin District Court on Friday after 432 victims and their families were consulted to determine the total compensation they were to seek, said Luo Bing-cheng (羅秉成), who is heading a team of lawyers from the Legal Aid Foundation, which is handling the case.
The class-action lawsuit is to run parallel to criminal proceedings against Lu and his two registered companies, Color Play Co (玩色創意) and Juipo International Marketing Co (瑞博國際整合行銷), which were involved in the organization, promotion and ticket sales for the event.
“There were victims who have died, while others sustained burns and other injuries to various extents. The circumstances were different for each of the victims. Our foundation has provided them with guidelines and conditions to serve as a basis for financial compensation, Luo said. [FULL STORY]