One of the new defendants is a television cameraman was at the club filming footage for a story on building safety. His footage showed the blaze beginning when pyrotechnics were shot off during a concert by Great White, and the ensuing chaos. The February 2003 fire killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others.
Other defendants added to the litigation include insurance firms and a company that inspected the West Warwick nightclub before the fire.
The amended lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Providence, pushed the number of defendants to 53.
``Essentially we want to make sure that we have named every party that was involved in this fire to make sure that everybody liable is involved in this lawsuit,'' Robert I. Reardon Jr., one of the four lawyers working on the case, told The Day of New London, Conn.
The original lawsuit, filed in June 2003 in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn., named 27 defendants, including the brothers who owned the nightclub, Michael and Jeffrey Derderian, West Warwick town officials and Anheuser-Busch Inc., which sold beer at the concert.
The Derderian brothers and Daniel Biechele, Great White's former tour manager, were indicted by a Rhode Island grand jury in December on 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter - two counts for each death. Biechele is accused of lighting the pyrotechnics.
The amended lawsuit mirrors a complaint filed July 22 in Rhode Island state court by eight attorneys on behalf of 80 people killed and another 146 injured in the blaze. The 70-count Rhode Island lawsuit names 46 defendants and spans 130 pages.
The 141-page, 70-count Connecticut lawsuit sues the same defendants as its Rhode Island counterpart and adds seven more names that lawyers allege promoted the concert across state lines and lured people from Connecticut to see Great White.
They include the Norwich, Conn., branch of Strawberries, a chain of East Coast music stores, which allegedly sold two tickets to the concert to Sarah Jane Telgarsky of Plainfield, Conn., who was killed in the fire.