The owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas has filed a lawsuit against more than 1,000 victims of the Las Vegas massacre.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The night Stephen Paddock shot dead 59 people and injured 851 more in Las Vegas before turning the gun on himself.
He had stationed himself in the Mandalay Bay hotel nearby the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
The MGM Resorts International’s lawsuit doesn’t seek money. At most, it appears to be a judicial bid to avoid liability and dismiss any claims made against it.
A lawyer has since called the lawsuit ‘outrageous’ and ‘verging on unethical’.
MGM Resorts International filed complaints and Nevada and California claiming it couldn’t be held responsible for any deaths, injured or ‘damages’ caused during the attack.
Robert Eglet, a lawyer for several victims, said the MGM lawsuits are a ‘blatant display of judge shopping’ that ‘quite frankly verges on unethical.’
He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
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.
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. Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community and those still healing.
The social media consensus was in full favour of Eglet.
One commenter wrote:
This company raked in $1B in profits last year yet suing victims. The amount of firepower the shooter had couldn’t be tucked under your arm and snucked in. Vegas casinos have cameras EVERYWHERE yet this didn’t alarm the security team?
Maybe we should all be getting an update on why the hell someone would do something terrible like this in the first place?! Where the hell is the mountain of evidence that should’ve been collected by now?
A third wrote:
Arguing that you are going to screw over consumers to save huge corporate profits is a sure fire win at the federal level. Hell if you tweet about it just right you can get the president on your side.
The act being used by the claimants passed just over a year after the 9/11 attacks in New York. They include broad protections, and the act defines terrorism as any unlawful act inside the United States that causes ‘mass destruction, injury or other loss’.
The FBI have yet to call the Las Vegas mass shooting an act of terrorism and while a clear motive is being identified, the FBI refuse to call this attack that of terror. Their definition claims an act of terror is associated with extremist ideologies of a political, social, racial or environmental nature.
A total of 288 people have been killed by mass shootings in 2018 so far, proving that this problem tragically isn’t going away anytime soon.
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