MGM sues Vegas mass shooting victims, argues it isn't liable

MGM sues Vegas mass shooting victims, argues it isn't liable

MGM sues Vegas mass shooting victims, argues it isn't liable

Now, MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay and the concert venue, and several of its associated companies have filed lawsuits against victims, asking federal judges to step in and declare the resort company free from liability.

MGM Resorts International said in federal lawsuits filed Thursday and Friday that it can not be held liable for casualties from the attack, which left 58 people dead and hundreds of others injured when Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite on the crowd at a Route 91 Harvest concert across the street a year ago.

On October 1, a shooter stationed in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino opened fire on a crowd attending an outdoor country music concert.

MGM cites a federal act from 2002 that says companies are protected from liability if they use "anti-terrorism" services to help prevent and respond to "mass violence".

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Attorney Robert Eglet, who represents victims in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Nevada, also decried the casino operator's move, saying the company is filing complaints nationwide in search of a sympathetic judge. They're just trying to protect its ass against lawsuits from the victims' families and survivors.

The MGM lawsuit claims: "If defendants were injured by Paddock's assault, as they allege, they were inevitably injured both because Paddock fired from his window and because they remained in the line of fire at the concert".

But MGM was responsible for security at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where Paddock amassed his arsenal undetected.

Stephen Paddock spent nearly a week filling a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel with a stockpile of weapons.

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The mass shooting remains unresolved in the USA, as police are still unsure as to why the gunman opened fire on 22,000 festival-goers for 10 minutes. MGM Resorts International is taking such legal action in an attempt to distance themselves from liability issues.

"This lawsuit filed by MGM against these more than 1,000 victims is reprehensible and is doing nothing but victimizing these people again", Eglet said. Using semi-automatic rifles - reportedly modified with bump-stocks to fire in sustained bursts - Paddock chewed through 1,000 rounds of ammunition, killing 58 people and injuring 851.

The 2002 Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Technologies (SAFETY) Act includes limits on liability for claims resulting from an act of terrorism and applies to a range of products, software and services. The company filed one lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and another in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

In a statement emailed to NPR, Debra DeShong, a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts, said federal court was "an appropriate venue" for the cases, given the federal law.

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