MGM Resorts sues more than 1000 mass shooting victims to avoid liability

Casino owners sue Las Vegas shooting victims to try to avoid legal liability | TheHill

The company, in a bid to avoid liability claims, has filed preemptive federal complaints against more than 1,000 people who were at the concert, saying it can not be held liable for any deaths, injuries or other damages-and it's asking the court to dismiss existing lawsuits.

The owner of Mandalay Bay hotel has filed a lawsuit against over 1,000 victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

"Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants", the suit argues.

According to the Review-Journal, MGM Resorts International insisted that claims against the property "must be dismissed" because Mandalay Bay adhered to a 2002 federal act extending liability protection to venues that employ anti-terrorism services.

MGM owns the Mandalay Bay resort, where shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire October 1 on a crowd of thousands of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

"While we expected the litigation that followed, we also feel strongly that victims and the community should be able to recover and find resolution in a timely manner", she said.

The corporate giants sued over 1,000 victims of the shooting.

MGM is suing over 1,000 survivors and victims. Image Getty Images
MGM is suing over 1,000 survivors and victims. Image Getty Images

Another attorney representing victims alleged that MGM filed in federal courts, rather than state courts, in hopes of getting better treatment from a judge.

According to CNN, the Safety Act was passed after 9/11 to encourage companies to hire third-party security firms, who had previously been nervous to carry out certain types of work in case they were sued after a terror attack. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

MGM claims that its security vendor took necessary measures approved by the Department of Homeland Security for "protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction". "It's just really sad that they would stoop to this level".

Stephen Paddock, the lone gunman, killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more on the night of October 1, firing down on a crowd of concert-goers from his Mandalay Bay hotel suite.

More than 2,500 individuals have brought, or threatened to bring lawsuits, against the company in the wake of the shooting.

The SAFETY Act provides incentives for the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by creating systems of risk and litigation management.

Lawyers for victims said MGM was apparently trying to get the case heard in federal courts instead of state courts as this might give it a better chance of victory.



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