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August 1, 2018IM -
In a blatant attempt to avoid liability for the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 festival, MGM Resorts International (owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel) has filed federal lawsuits against more than 1,000 victims.
MGM claims it isn’t at fault because the security vendor it hired followed Department of Homeland Security protocol and that it is covered by a federal act that extends liability protection to any company that uses anti-terrorism technology or services to help prevent and respond to mass violence.
The mass shooting left 58 concertgoers dead and hundreds injured. A lawsuit was filed in late November on behalf of 450 victims. It claims that MGM failed in its duty to monitor the activities of shooter Stephen Paddock as he hauled multiple weapons into a Mandalay Bay suite that overlooked the festival.
Attorney Robert Eglet, who has represented several of the shooting victims, called the move a “blatant display” of shopping for a sympathetic judge. “It is really sad that they would stoop to this level,” he adds.