February 22, 2012 by staff
Sugarland Lawsuit, Country duo Sugarland is responding to claims of negligence filed against it in a civil lawsuit tied to the tragic collapse of state rigging at the Indiana State Fair last summer.
Fans waiting to see Sugarland help each other after high winds blew a stage over at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis on Aug. 13.
Several victims filed a lawsuit Nov. 22 in Marion Superior Court, claiming that negligence on the part of Sugarland and other companies contributed to the tragedy.
Seven people were killed and more than 40 were injured when a gust of wind toppled equipment that hung over the stage before the group’s Aug. 13 concert.
In its response to the lawsuit, Sugarland claims the stage collapse was the result of a “gust of wind of unprecedented intensity” and as such was “a true accident, or act of God.”
They also added that “they had nothing to do with the construction of the venue” – the state fair stage where their concert was to have been held.
Sugarland also said that the plaintiff’s claims were caused by “an open and obvious danger,” adding that some or all of the plaintiff’s injuries “resulted from their own fault.”
Sugarland also identified other parties that it said were in part responsible for the tragedy, including Indiana State Fair officials, Indiana State Police, members of the labor union who helped construct the stage and the state of Indiana.
In their response, Sugarland also denied allegations in the earlier lawsuit that said the band had supervisory authority over the setup of the State Fair stage.
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