Court of Appeals: State may be responsible for some legal costs in State Fair stage collapse

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 30, 2015)–  The Court of Appeals has ruled against the State over damages surrounding the State Fair stage collapse in 2011, sending the case back to trial court.

Mid-America Sound Corporation built the roof and rigging used to hold the lights and sound equipment. Initially, a judge ruled the the Indiana State Fair commission is not liable for work performed by a contractor involved in the accident.

The collapse occurred when high winds blew down rigging before a concert by the country duo Sugarland. Seven people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

The company argued the State was required by its contract to cover the company’s legal costs.

The Court of Appeals ruling issued Monday says the State isn’t protected by the Indiana Tort Claims Act and may be responsible for some legal costs.