Flo Rida Beats Lawsuit After Being Served On Facebook
Flo Rida got low and barely missed a large lawsuit filed against him by organizers of an Australian music festival, Billboard reports.
Back in 2011, the "Wild Ones" rapper was no-show at the Fat As Butter fest, and apparently had been paid his performance fee beforehand. Mothership Music, the promoters of the show, then sued the Florida-bred MC and his management team in the NSW District Court for breach of contract and damages totalling Australian $417,345 ($377,000).
While it seems simple to serve them papers via doorstep, the Australian promoters opted for a less traditional route, taking the uncommon step of filing the summons over Facebook ordered byJudge Judith Gibson.
An initial ruling was in the festival's favor in which the rapper disputed the decision in the NSW Court of Appeal. On Tuesday (August 20), the appeal was upheld as judges declared that Facebook wasn’t an appropriate medium to serve since there was no evidence that Flo Rida was associated to the social networking page.
"The evidence did not establish, other than by mere assertion, that the Facebook page was in fact that of Flo Rida and did not prove that a posting on it was likely to come to his attention in a timely fashion,” Justice Robert McFarlan said.
Flo recently teamed with Pitbull to release a new record "Can't Believe It."