Sugarland’s Deposition in Indiana State Fair Lawsuit to Remain Confidential
The depositions from Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will remain confidential, according to the latest ruling in the lawsuit against the superstar duo. Part of Nettles' deposition recounting the events of the August 13, 2011 stage collapse in Indianapolis, Ind. was leaked by attorneys earlier this year, but Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin has denied requests to release the full transcripts from both musicians, citing the need for stricter regulations on what is released to the public as his reasoning.
In response to the decision, Kenneth J. Allen -- attorney for several of the victims in the tragedy -- hopes to silence Sugarland from making any public comments regarding the lawsuit until the trial commences. "We believe the best recourse is to stop what they're saying," says the attorney (quote via the Indy Star). Allen is responsible for leaking a portion of Nettles' deposition.
"It's outrageous," responds Bill Johnson, an attorney for the band's ownership company. The legal representative claims Allen's allegations are "nonsense," and that any comments made on their behalf are a direct result of statements made by Allen.
Attorneys for the victims once proposed an April 1, 2014 trial date, but some, including Allen, urge Judge Sosin to set the trial after August 1, 2013 so that all parties can find a resolution sooner. Lawyers representing the families of the seven people who died, as well as the dozens of people who were injured, are seeking damages. Blame has been placed on Sugarland, their tour manager, the Indiana State Fair and the company that built the stage rigging, which was later found to be ill constructed and not up to code.
Despite the 2011 tragedy, the Indiana State Fair will resume this year, with Blake Shelton joining the entertainment roster. The country superstar will take the big stage on August 17, though the concert will not be held in the same place as previous years.