Tree Town founders fire back in federal court

Countersuing over debts owed them they saw were claimed by another company.

Posted: Sep. 22, 2018 5:03 PM

NASHVILLE, TN – The founders of the Tree Town Music Festival are fighting back in federal court.

Dave and Gary DeWaard of Forest City, along with Andrew Thompson, and their companies Basis Marketing and Basis Live are facing a lawsuit in Tennessee. Premier Global Productions says it agreed with the defendants to provide staging gear and services for an entertainment event at Penn State University and a Blake Shelton concert in Colorado.

Premier Global claims it was not paid for either of those events or a previous event and is suing for at least $1.7 million.

The DeWaards, Thompson, and the two companies have now filed a response in which they not only deny almost all of Premier Global allegations but includes a countersuit asking for compensatory and punitive damages.

The response states that Premier Global has already been paid over $100,000 for its services. It also states that the DeWaard’s marketing and event management company is owed $850,000 by an organization called FC Festivals and it agreed to allow Premier Global to claim some of that debt for itself to cover the rest it is owed by the DeWaards and Thompson.

However, the DeWaards and Thompson accused Premier Global of claiming the entire $850,000 debt for their own, far more than they are actually owed, and leaving the DeWaards and Thompson with nothing.

Dave and Gary DeWaard founded the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City in 2013.

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