It's been nearly two years since the tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair claimed the lives of seven people and injured dozens of others. Now a trial date has finally been scheduled for February 2014 in the lawsuit against Sugarland.
Sugarland, you may remember, was scheduled to play at the Indiana State Fair back on August 13, 2011, but before they could take the stage strong winds ahead of a huge storm moved in and caused the stage to collapse, hitting many people in the first rows of the audience. After the dust had settled, approximately 60 people had filed lawsuits against the duo claiming they should have cancelled their show long before anyone could have been injured.
Sugarland's response to the suit was to say that they were not responsible as this was an unforseeable Act of God.
"The incident at issue in this litigation resulted from a gust of wind of unprecedented intensity, which caused a structure that may have been improperly designed, maintained and/or inspected to fail. As such, this was a true accident or Act of God," their response read.
They also released a statement saying that the thought of anyone thinking they would purposely put fans in danger made them sad. "Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalize the disaster. The single most important thing to Sugarland, are their fans. Their support and love over the past nine years has been unmatched. For anyone to think otherwise is completely devastating to them."
By Indiana law, the people who wish to file a lawsuit have two years to do so, making next Tuesday, August 13, their deadline. $11 million in payments have already been to victims from state funds. Sugarland also performed a concert to help raise money for victims.