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Another State Fair Suit Filed, Names Sugarland As Defendent

Another suit has been filed for the Indiana State Fair stage collapse earlier this year.

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Country music duo Sugarland was supposed to perform on the night of the State Fair stage collapse.

Another lawsuit has been filed in connection with the state fair stage collapse. Indianapolis Attorney Tony Patterson says the suit is filed on behalf of about 50 victims and their families. Patterson says the suit is not a class action, but each client has hired their own lawyers and they worked together.

“A class action would be something where let‘s say a lawyer or a firm filed, they get one client and try to pull everyone in,” he says. “That‘s not at all what happened here with our case. Each individual, injured person or widow or widower has hired their own lawyer and the individual lawyers have worked together.”

Patterson says the suit names Sugarland and those responsible for the stage, the weather and the concert itself as defendants.

“It‘s broken down primarily between the folks that were responsible for the stage and the rigging, that would include the state itself as well as the equipment was hung on the stage itself as well as the folks responsible for the weather and for calling the shots on the show itself,” he says.

Patterson says they have not finalized their findings but continue to gather information in the case.

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