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Court Orders Sugarland Give Deposition In State Fair Suit

A court ruled Friday Sugarland must give a limited deposition for the lawsuit regarding the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

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The country music duo Sugarland was scheduled to perform at the Indiana State Fair before the stage collapse last August.

A Marion County Superior Court judge Friday ordered Sugarland country music group Sugarland’s lead singer to give a limited deposition by mid-April in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse lawsuits.

Mid-America Sound Corporation, which built the roof that collapsed at the Fairgrounds last August, petitioned Judge Theodore Sosin to order Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles’ deposition for Monday. In court Friday, Mid-America attorney Rob McGill said getting answers from Nettles about what she told state fair representatives about delaying the concert on the night of the incident is key before an April 17 mediation over possible settlements in the case.

James Millstone, an attorney appearing on behalf of Lucky Star, Inc., Sugarland’s ownership company, said the request was unreasonable, partly because the band is preparing to go on tour. But he couldn’t provide specific dates when the country music star might be available.

Carl Brizzi, an attorney representing a stage collapse victim, says he was surprised Millstone didn’t come prepared to give any dates.

“We understand that they’re busy but as the judge said, the world doesn’t stop turning because Sugarland is going on tour,” he says.

Kenneth Allen, another victim attorney, says the April 17 mediation is not as important as McGill made it seem. Allen says there’s still too much information that has not been gathered

“We need to do our homework before we go into the depositions so that the questions are clear and the answers are clear and we get the evidence we need to supply to the jury,” he says.

Judge Sosin ordered Millstone to come up with a date between April 1 and 15 for Nettles to give a limited deposition, while keeping open the possibility of further depositions in the future.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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