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Today In Events: Jamie Oliver’s U.K. Restaurant Empire Declares Bankruptcy, Singer Sues Live Nation for Allegedly Stealing All-Female Country Music Festival Idea, Tokyo 2020 Wrestles With Budget Cut Complaints and Alleged Labor Abuse

1. JAMIE OLIVER’S U.K. RESTAURANT EMPIRE DECLARES BANKRUPTCY: Jamie Oliver’s group of restaurants in the United Kingdom has gone under. The celebrity chef, known for his anti-junk food campaign, said Tuesday his business was placed under bankruptcy protection. CNN: “The group includes Jamie's Italian chain, Jamie Oliver's Diner at Gatwick Airport as well as steakhouse Barbecoa and Fifteen London, a restaurant Oliver started in 2002 to train young unemployed people. KPMG, which has been appointed administrator, said in a statement that 22 of the group's 25 restaurants have closed, with the loss of about 1,000 jobs. … Oliver's international restaurants, including branches of Jamie's Italian, as well as Jamie's Pizzeria and Jamie's Deli, will continue to run as normal.” 

2. SINGER SUES LIVE NATION FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING ALL-FEMALE COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL IDEA: Nashville country singer Rae Solomon has sued Live Nation for $25 million, claiming the live music company stole her concept for an all-female country music festival. But reps for several high-profile artists including Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris, who Solomon says agreed to perform at her inaugural Zenitheve Music Festival, denied having any knowledge of the now-cancelled event. Lambert, Morris, and more artists are performing at Live Nation’s Country LakeShake Festival in Chicago in June. Billboard: “If none of these women were scheduled to play Zenitheve, like Solomon initially claimed, did Live Nation really steal the idea of an all-female festival lineup? The five artists addressed in her initial suit remain festival mainstays and represent a select few female artists getting played on country radio. It’s not a coincidence they would appear on the LakeShake lineup as each are featured on several festivals this year: Alaina played 2019 Stagecoach in April with Danielle Bradbery, Lambert is scheduled to headline the Watershed Festival, Morris will play the upcoming Bonnaroo Festival and Ell will appear at CMA Fest. Solomon's lawsuit alleges that while in discussions with Live Nation’s Women Nation Fund she was asked to provide a list of acts she was pursuing for her own festival. Three of the five names she provided denied involvement, thus weakening her argument.” 

3. TOKYO 2020 WRESTLES WITH BUDGET CUT COMPLAINTS AND ALLEGED LABOR ABUSE: John Coates, a member of the International Olympic Committee who leads a venue inspection team for the Tokyo Olympics, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the event will resolve complaints from international sports federations, which are concerned that organizers are making too many budget cuts. The games also came under fire recently when Building and Wood Workers’ International released a report that alleged labor abuse at the national stadium and Olympic village venues. Associated Press: “With an aging and declining population, Japan is shorthanded in many industries. The government has provided more visas for construction workers tied to the Olympics, and in April started allowing more foreign workers to reside in the country. … The report said interviewed workers complained about ‘a pervasive culture of fear’ that discouraged speaking out. It said almost half of the workers interviewed did not have formal contracts, and it found ‘dangerous patterns of overwork’ at both high-profile venues. It said some workers at the Olympic village reported working 28 consecutive days, and up to 26 straight at the national stadium.”

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