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'No Liability': MGM Sues Las Vegas Shooting Victims

'No Liability': MGM Sues Las Vegas Shooting Victims”

The corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino filed suit against the victims of last year's Las Vegas concert mass shooting, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday.

MGM Resorts called the shooting "the despicable act of one evil individual" and said its lawsuits, filed Friday in U.S. District Courts for Nevada and Central California, are meant to benefit the victims and help them heal.

Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the window of a Mandalay Bay hotel room on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more as the Route 91 Festival took place.

MGM filed its lawsuit on Friday in Nevada and California arguing that all future lawsuits against the company "must be dismissed".

In the complaints, MGM has asked that a judge decide if the 2002 act is applicable, and if so, determine that it is exempt from any civil lawsuits.

Eglet called MGM's use of federal court a "blatant display of judge shopping".

Debra DeShong, a spokesman for MGM, said that the action was being taken in the best interests of victims. For more on the Las Vegas mass shooting, visit this page.

They reported that the company argues, the security MGM hired, Contemporary Services Corp., was protected from liability because its services had been certified by the Department of Homeland Security for "protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction". Congress provided that the Federal Courts were the correct place for such litigation relating to incidents of mass violence like this one where security services approved by the Department of Homeland Security were provided.

NPR said a Nevada law firm had filed 14 various lawsuits there, naming MGM Resorts, Live Nation and the Paddock estate as plaintiffs, along with manufacturers of the bump stock device found in Paddock's hotel room after he killed himself there.

MGM argue that the security company they contracted made use of such technology.

According to the complaint, MGM argues that the obscure law applies to them because they hired Contemporary Services Corporation, a third-party security vendor with SAFETY Act certification, and the events of October 1 were an act of "mass violence", which is not a legal term. It's just really sad that they would stoop to this level, ' he said. "I believe that MGM did this because they did not like the Nevada Federal Judge that is now assigned to our case", Eglet said.



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