Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Here's Why MGM Is Suing the Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Here's Why MGM Is Suing the Las Vegas Shooting Victims

The corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas are suing victims of October's mass shooting.

MGM Resorts, which owns the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the Route 91 Harvest Festival, is suing victims of last October's mass shooting.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the company is citing the part of the Safety Act that claims that if a company uses "anti-terrorism" precautions to "help prevent and respond to mass violence", it can be relieved of liability.

The 2002 law doesn't apply in state court, Eglet argues, and accuses MGM of "judge shopping" that "quite frankly verges on unethical".

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Las Vegas lawyer Robert Eglet, an attorney representing numerous Vegas victims, blasted MGM's decision to file their suit in the federal court system. It's just really sad that they would stoop to this level, ' he said.

MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay, said its filings were meant to seek a "timely resolution" for people affected.

Weapons inside Stephen Paddock's Mandalay Bay hotel room. MGM says it can't be sued for the shooting because the security firm it hired for the concert was certified under the Safety Act.

Eglet added the SAFETY Act is not meant to "give immunity to hotels for their negligence" and there were multiple indicators of Paddock's motives that security should have picked up on, including renting two rooms and carrying a large amount of luggage just for himself. The complaints state they were filed against people who say they were injured and live in those states.

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He called the lawsuits "unprecedented" and said his clients were "surprised, shocked, angered" by them. The act, named the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies, protects companies that use "anti-terrorism" technology or services to respond "to acts of mass injury and destruction". In this case, MGM's lawyers claim, the act and other regulations "make clear that any such claim against the MGM parties must be dismissed".

Another MGM spokesman declined to answer further questions.

CNN's attempts Tuesday to reach MGM's lawyers, attorneys for the shooting victims and a victims' advocacy group were not immediately successful.

The FBI has yet to define the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting as an act of terrorism because the gunman's intentions were unclear.

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"We collectively view this as a bullying tactic to intimidate the survivors who are rightfully seeking social change and redress through the litigation process", Claypool, who represents dozens of victims, said in a statement.

This undated file photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.

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