Justices weigh state fair stage collapse case

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.

The office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement after oral arguments in the case Wednesday that the Commission, as a state entity, cannot be required to pay for the private company’s liability.

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

The case is Mid America Sound, et al. v. Indiana State Fair Commission, 49A02-1404-CT-288. Oral arguments may be viewed here.


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