MGM Sues Las Vegas Mass Shooting Victims4 months ago
The casino group which owns the Mandalay Bay, scene of 58 deaths when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1st last year before committing suicide, is suing more than 1000 victims in order to avoid being held responsible for ‘deaths, injuries or other damages’ according to newspaper reports…
The massacre, in which Paddock stockpiled multiple weapons in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino – owned by MGM Resorts International – before smashing his hotel window and opening fire on a crowd of thousands of music-goers below, was the single biggest tragedy in Las Vegas history – and MGM’s legal action is not going down too well with the public…
The MGM argument rests on a claim that because they employed security - Contemporary Services Corp - which had been vetted by Homeland Security, the “Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants,” according to the lawsuits filed in Nevada and California late last week.
Many of the families of the 58 dead, and 851 injured in the mass shooting, have filed lawsuits against MGM and various other companies, as well as the gunman’s estate.
The lawyer acting for several of them, Las Vegas attorney Robert Eglet, said of MGM’s recent action:
“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like… It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”
Apart from the general shock at such a horrific event happening in Las Vegas, poker players were obviously concerned for their colleagues and friends in the community, although only Dan Bilzerian appears to have been caught up in the shooting – which led to a distasteful public battle about his actions.
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