State not liable for contractor in stage collapse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A court says the state isn

Fans waiting to see Sugarland run away after high winds blew the stage over at the Indiana State Fair Grandstands, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Matt Kryger)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A court says the state isn't responsible for work performed by a contractor involved in the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

The Indiana attorney general's office said Tuesday that a Marion County judge denied Mid-America Sound Corporation's claim that the state is financially responsible for the cost of its defense and any judgments against it.

The company built the roof and rigging used to hold the lights and sound equipment, which collapsed during a concert in August 2011, killing seven people and injuring dozens of others.

Mid-America had argued that the state was obligated by its contract to cover the company's legal costs.

A spokeswoman for the company had no immediate comment Tuesday.

Monday's decision doesn't end the litigation over the fatal collapse.

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