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Expert says Indiana disaster compensation was fair

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The architect of compensation for victims of last year's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse says he believes the state was "exceedingly fair" with victims.

Victims' compensation specialist Kenneth Feinberg said in a phone interview that officials had limited resources to compensate more than 50 victims and the families of seven who were killed. Indiana law limits legal caps legal claims at $5 million, and a charity fund raised about $1 million.

Lawmakers later approved an additional $6 million for victims. A plan to link the state funds to a settlement with stage owner Mid-America Sound Corp. fell apart, but Feinberg says it was a good idea because victims would have received more money.

Feinberg oversaw victims compensation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks and for the BP oil spill.

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