Indiana Supreme Court to decide whether state is liable in state fair stage collapse

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Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (September 23, 2015) — The Indiana Supreme Court is weighing arguments to decide if the state is liable for some of the damages faced by a rigging company in the 2011 state fair stage collapse that killed seven people.

Mid-America Sound Corp. told the justices Wednesday that Indiana is responsible by contract for the cost of its defense and any judgments against it.

Indiana says the State Fair Commission is a state entity that cannot be required to pay Mid-America’s own liability.

An appeals court ruled in March that the state might be responsible for some of Mid-America’s damages. The amount of those damages is under seal.

Mid-America supplied the rigging that high winds toppled onto fans awaiting the start of a concert by country duo Sugarland at the state fair in August 2011.

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