The MGM Resorts International is suing more than 1,000 victims and survivors from last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. In the lawsuit, it claims they have no liability for the deadly shooting.
According to CBS News, MGM filed federal complaints in both Nevada and California “arguing to dismiss any claims that it is responsible for deaths, injuries or damages from the massacre committed by Stephen Paddock on Oct. 1, 2017.” The shooting took place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, which is owned by MGM.
In the complaint it states, “Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to Defendants, or any of them, arising from the Paddock’s mass attack.”
Since the shooting, more than 2,500 people have reportedly sued or threatened to sue MGM and its properties. Many of those people have alleged the company’s failure to protect them.
In the lawsuit, MGM cites a federal act from 2002 that states companies are protected from liability if they use “anti-terrorism” services to help prevent mass violence. MGM states that the security company they hired at the time of the incident, Contemporary Services Corp., was protected from liability and approved by the Department of Homeland Security to deal with “acts of mass injury and destruction.” Therefore, they believe this should protect them from liability as well. The shooting caused by Paddock has reportedly not been ruled a terror attack.
MGM has reportedly filed the lawsuit for protection from future legal action.
If you all remember in October of 2017 Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of people at the Route 91 Harvest music festival from his hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The shooting left 58 people dead, and 851 injured.