German concert organizer Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur (MLK) has been ordered to pay compensation to a woman who alleged that her hearing was damaged during a Bon Jovi concert in September 2000.
HAMBURG -- German concert organizer Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur (MLK) has been ordered to pay compensation to a woman who alleged that her hearing was damaged during a Bon Jovi concert in September 2000.
The regional court of Nuremberg-Fürth ordered the Frankfurt-based company to pay €4,000 ($5,300) for "pain and suffering" related to the middle ear injury, which the plaintiff says she sustained during an MLK-organized open-air concert in Nuremberg.
MLK must also cover the costs of the 38-year-old woman's medical treatment and loss of income.
The court on Dec. 7 upheld the plaintiff's claims that the concert organizer had not taken sufficient precautions to limit the volume of the concert to a safe level. During the concert, the plaintiff had stood approximately 3-5 meters from a speaker. She now claims to suffer from tinnitus, a form of permanent hearing damage.
The court heard that the group's sound technician was left to determine the volume levels for the concert. However, "given his position as the cause of the noise, he was objectively not suitable for ensuring compliance with general standards of safety," the court stressed.
The company's founder, Marek Lieberberg, describes the decision as "very dubious." He tells ELW that the decision is "a perfect scenario for anyone who wants to pretend that they have sustained harm in an attempt to sue for compensation for pain and suffering." Lieberberg has yet to appeal the decision.