Sugarland Lawsuit Announced By Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Victims

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48 Victims Are Suing the Entities Responsible For Organizing, Staging and the Presentation Of The Sugarland Concert

Stage Collapsing at Indiana Stage Fair

The injuries I sustained have left me unable to provide for my family.

Mario Massillamany of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced that 48 victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse today filed a lawsuit against Sugarland Music, Inc. and other entities for allegedly breaching their duty of reasonable care to the victims. Entitled 'Jill Polet et al vs Sugarland Music, Inc et al', the case has been filed in Marion County Superior Court 14 in Indiana under cause number 49D14-1111-CT-44823.

The complaint specifically charges that Sugarland and the other entities allegedly owed a duty to provide a safe concert environment and use reasonable care in the operation, direction, management, set-up, control, and supervision of the concert. Plaintiffs' counsels are working with leading scientists to further identify the cause and nature of the problem and to recommend steps so such a tragedy does not occur again.

“This is a devastating tragedy that has impacted hundreds of people," stated plaintiffs' counsel Scott Starr. "It is critical to help the victims pay the medical bills and other financial expenses that they have incurred from this incident."

These victims have join in hopes of holding the responsible parties accountable for the unimaginable suffering that their actions have caused," Starr added.

A copy of the complaint can be found at, along with additional information on the case.

Among the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse was Lisa Hite, who was in the Sugar Pit at the Sugarland concert with her granddaughter, Kyla-Reed Brumett. "The injuries I sustained have left me unable to provide for my family," Hite stated. "The financial and emotional strain this has caused has left a lasting impact on my family."

According to the contract reached between Creative Artists Agency (Sugarland's agent) and the Indiana State Fair Committee, Sugarland was guaranteed:

  • $300,500 to perform
  • $30,000 for sound and lights
  • $4,500 for catering
  • 85% gross box office receipts over $470,000

The contract specifies that Sugarland has the final say on whether to cancel a concert due to weather. "This unimaginable tragedy will forever live in the hearts and minds of the people of Indiana," said plaintiffs' counsel Mario Massillamany. "Unfortunately, this tragedy could have been prevented if the responsible parties had been concerned about the concertgoers that night."

Since 1982 Starr, Austen & Miller LLP has emerged with a strong reputation as a small, passionate firm that takes on large, complex cases. Currently, Starr, Austen & Miller LLP has pending litigation against DuPont for the environmental damage caused by their Imprelis product. Starr, Austen & Miller LLP handle securities fraud cases, truck and construction accident cases, and multimillion dollar, nationwide class actions.

Mario Massillamany
Starr Austen & Miller, LLP
(317) 432-3443
201 S 3rd Street
Logansport, Indiana 46947-3102


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