Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Las Vegas hotel sues mass shooting victims

Las Vegas hotel sues mass shooting victims

The company states that it can not be held liable for any deaths, injuries or other damages and that all claims against MGM "must be dismissed".

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the company, which owns Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest Festival venue, is saying they can not be held liable for the October 1 shooting which left 58 people dead and 851 injured.

It is reported the MGM Resorts International's lawsuit isn't seeking money.

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

Lawyers argue that the protection extends to MGM, since it hired the security firm.

Under the 2002 Safety Act, a company is granted liability protection if it uses "anti-terrorism" services that can "help prevent and respond to mass violence".

MGM Resorts International sued the victims of a Las Vegas music festival mass shooting in an effort to block any potential compensation claims against it.

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An MGM spokeswoman said Monday of the company's lawsuits: "The Federal Court is an appropriate venue for these cases and provides those affected with the opportunity for a timely resolution".

The lawsuit claims sympathy for the victims, saying that "years of drawn out litigation" is not in their best interests.

Instead it is thought to be a judicial bid to avoid liability and dismiss future claims against it. "I believe that MGM did this because they did not like the Nevada Federal Judge that is now assigned to our case", Eglet said. Paddock, 64, killed himself before authorities could capture him.

However, Las Vegas lawyer Robert Eglet, who has represented several victims, said the case "verges on unethical".

Stephen Paddock carried out the mass shooting from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay killing 58 people and injuring more than 850 on October 1, 2017.

One of those suits included 450 victims from the shooting and charging that MGM and Live Nation, the concert organizer, were negligent in not having adequate security policies, not properly training its staff and failing to respond quick enough. "It's just really sad that they would stoop to this level".

The suit is potentially complicated by the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has refused to define the attack as terrorism, because shooter Stephen Paddock had no clear motive. His victims included a U.S. Navy sailor, a California firefighter and an off-duty Las Vegas police officer.

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