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Indiana State Fair Case Involving Sugarland Not Going to Trial Until 2014

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This summer, plenty of country music fans will both remember and mourn the Indiana State Fair tragedy. In August of 2011, the fair stage collapsed before a Sugarland performance, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. Since the accident, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles have been wrapped up in depositions and legal proceedings for a trial that will determine who is responsible for the stage collapse.

Unfortunately, it looks like the popular country duo and the victims’ families will have to wait a few years to settle the case. Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin recently released an order stating that the trial is set for April 1, 2014. He said that most of the attorneys don’t want to have the trial before that date. He also mandated that both sides refrain from releasing any evidence.

Part of Nettles’ deposition recounting the events of the August 13, 2011 stage collapse was leaked by Kenneth J. Allen, an attorney representing the victims and their families. Allen released a video of the deposition shortly after it was filmed, claiming that he did so because of misleading statements made by Sugarland’s publicists.

“All we’ve tried to do is to … control what we believe to be the false assertions made by the other side. And I think that’s what the rule contemplates,” Allen said (according to the Washington Examiner). “We have the right and duty to rebut it and that’s what we’ve done.”

Victims and the families of those who were killed by the tragedy are suing Sugarland for damages, claiming that they were responsible for the structure. The lawsuit could potentially decide that the country music duo is liable for the accident, forcing them to pay millions in damages.

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