The deposition from Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will remain confidential, according to the latest ruling in the lawsuit against the country duo.
Part of Nettles’ deposition recounting the events of the August 13 incident of the stage collapse, was leaked earlier this year by attorneys, but Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin has denied requests to release the full transcripts from both Nettles and Bush, citing the need for stricter regulations on what is released to the public as his reasoning.
In response to this decision, Kenneth J. Allen, attorney for several victims of the tragedy, hopes that this will silence Sugarland from publicly commenting on any issue regarding the lawsuit until the trial commences. Allen is responsible for leaking part of Nettles’ deposition.
Attorneys for the victims once posed a trial date for April of 2014, but some attorneys, Allen included, pushed for an August 1, 2013 date do victims could find a resolution sooner. Lawyers representing the families of seven people who died, as well as a dozen people who were injured, are seeking damages. Blame has been placed on Sugarland, their touring manager, the Indiana State Fair, and the company that built the stage rigging. The stage was later found to be ill constructed and not up to code.
Despite last year’s incident, the Indiana State Fair will resume this year with Blake Shelton making an appearance on August 17. The concerts will not be held at the same place they have been held previous years.