Indiana State Fair Victims File Comprehensive Suit

Sugarland returned to Indianapolis Oct. 28 for a free concert at Conseco Fieldhouse to raise money for victims of the state fair tragedy.

Sugarland, show producers, and stage riggers are among those named in the most comprehensive lawsuit yet stemming from the Indiana State Fair tragedy, according to the AP. Bringing suit are forty-four survivors and the family members of four people who died during the Aug. 13 disaster. The report states:

Attorneys representing at least 20 law firms across Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky filed the complaint alleging breach of reasonable care to the victims in Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis….Sugarland’s contract specified the act had the final say on whether to cancel the concert due to weather, plaintiff’s attorney Mario Massillamany said in a news release.

Other lawsuits and legal actions are ongoing, some of which name the state of Indiana. According to the AP, a state administered fund has paid about $564,000 to 28 people, and has about $400,000 more to pay. Indiana law puts a $5 million cap on the state’s liability for damages from the stage collapse.


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