Sugarland's insurance company files lawsuit in Indiana State Fair stage collapse


Tuesday marks the deadline to file lawsuits in the Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse.

August 13 is the two-anniversary of the accident that killed seven people and injured dozens of others. A powerful wind gust led to the rigging collapse and heavy equipment falling onto the crowd that was awaiting the start of the Sugarland concert.

13 Investigates has now obtained details of a lawsuit filed by the insurance company for the band Sugarland.

The 21-page filing targets the State of Indiana, the State Fair Commission and the companies that manufactured, owned or set up the rigging.

Fireman's Fund Insurance says Sugarland's instruments and sound equipment suffered substantial damage from the rigging collapse.

The insurer says it reimbursed Sugarland for its costs and Obie Screens for damage to video equipment it lost in the tragedy.

The lawsuit claims breach of contract by both the State of Indiana and the State Fair Commission for failing to provide suitable staging, and is asking a Marion County Court to award the insurer full damages, interest and attorney fees.

The lawsuit alleges that the State of Indiana and the Indiana State Fair Commission "agreed to pay Sugarland for its performance and provide suitable staging accommodations that would protect all persons and equipment involved in the production of the performance from any inclement weather conditions."

Fireman's Fund is asking for similar payouts from James Thomas Engineering, Mid America Sound and Local 30, calling the structure defective and unreasonably dangerous.

The insurance company for musician Sara Bareilles is joining Sugarland in its lawsuit.

The Indiana Attorney General's Office and Mid America Sound tell 13 Investigates they have yet to receive a copy of the lawsuit.

The civil cases already filed and combined in Marion County will go to trial in February of next year.

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