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Las Vegas hotel sues mass shooting victims

17 July 2018

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that MGM Resorts International has filed federal lawsuits against over 1,000 victims of the October 1 shooting, when 58 people and hundreds more were injured after Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival from his suite at the Mandalay Bay.

It says the safety act limits liabilities arising from mass attacks in the US, where services certified by the Dept. of Homeland Security were deployed.

Complaints from Nevada and California state that the company-which owns the music festival location-took acceptable actions to prevent a situation like the shooting, and it doesn't bear responsibility for "liability of any kind to defendants".

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.

Paddock shows his brother Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock
Paddock shows his brother Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock

"'I've never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like", Robert Eglet, who works in Las Vegas, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel claims a 2002 federal statute wipes out liability for any company that adopts "anti-terrorism technology, " which it says it did.

While the complaints do not seek any money from the victims and are being filed as a way to protect the company's investors, it's still likely to be a PR black eye for the company.

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.

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Another attorney representing victims alleged that MGM filed in federal courts, rather than state courts, in hopes of getting better treatment from a judge.

The FBI has not been able to ascertain Paddock's motive for the mass shooting and therefore haven't labelled it a terrorist act.

MGM released a statement on the matter, from spokesperson Debra DeShong, in which she believes that "Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community and those still healing".

Paddock killed himself before police arrived on scene.

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The mass shooting remains unresolved in the USA, as police are still unsure as to why the gunman opened fire on 22,000 festival goers for 10 minutes.

MGM argues that this protection extends to the hotel giant, as it hired the security firm.

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Las Vegas hotel sues mass shooting victims