Attorney General Asking For Dismissal Of State Fair Lawsuit

According to the Attorney General’s office, the class-action lawsuit filed by firm Cohen and Malad on behalf of the stage collapse victims should be dismissed.

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The Attorney General's office says the law firm did follow proper legal procedures in their suit against the state.

The Indiana Attorney General’s office is asking a Marion County court to dismiss a lawsuit against the state regarding the State Fair collapse.

Bryan Corbin a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office says the class-action lawsuit filed by firm Cohen and Malad on behalf of all the state fair victims should be dismissed because the firm did not follow legal procedures in filing the suit against the state.

“They filed a tort claim, but on the same day, they also filed a lawsuit in court,” he said. “Under Indiana law, the plaintiff cannot follow the lawsuit until after the state has had 90 days to review the claim and decide to approve or deny the claim.”

Irwin Levin, the firm’s Managing Partner and lead council on the case, says his suit does fall in line with procedure.

“When we filed our complaint, it says right in the complaint, ‘The state has 90 days before they have to answer our answer of tort claim’ and that we won’t take action against the state for at least 90 days,” he said.

Levin said he thinks the state is taking too long to compensate the victims of the collapse.

“What really is bothersome is that the state would think they need 90 days to say yes or no to paying the minimal amount of money for the many injuries that have been suffered as a result of what happened at the State Fair,” he said.

Under current law, the State of Indiana cannot be held liable for more than $5 million per incident in a lawsuit. Levin’s suit also names the stage designers and those who constructed the stage.

According to Corbin, six other law firms currently have tort claims filed with the state.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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