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Mandalay Bay owner SUES victims of deadly Las Vegas shooting

Francis Dean /Dean Francis Dean /Dean
Bennie Garza | 17 July, 2018, 22:43

MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.

MGM Resorts International sued the victims of a Las Vegas music festival mass shooting in an effort to block any potential compensation claims against it.

The company, which owns Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, argues that it can not be held liable for the deaths, injuries or other damages from the shooting on October 1.

The Las Vegas hotel where gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on hundreds of festival-goers is suing the victims of the shooting.

MGM Resorts International, facing a barrage of lawsuits over the shooting, responded by naming more than 1,000 of the shooting victims as defendants in two lawsuits of its own.

The resort company's lawsuits in Nevada and California name more than 1,000 such victims, many of whose lawsuits were voluntarily dismissed, apparently with the intent of refiling them later.

Since MGM is incorporated in Nevada, suits over the shooting must be heard in state court and the company's countersuit amounted to a "blatant display" of judge shopping, he told the paper.

The mass shooting remains unresolved in the United States, as police are still unsure as to why the gunman opened fire on 22,000 festival goers for 10 minutes. He later shot and killed himself as police approached his room.

The FBI did not designate the 2017 shooting as an act of terrorism.

"Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community and those still healing", DeShong said.

In its lawsuits, MGM cites a federal act from 2002 that says companies are protected from liability if they use "anti-terrorism" services to help prevent and respond to "mass violence". It's just really sad that they would stoop to this level, ' he said. The hotel company says this should protect MGM from liability as well.

The filing comes after more than 450 victims and their families filed a lawsuit against a number of entities, including MGM and the killer's estate, last November. "I believe that MGM did this because they did not like the Nevada Federal Judge that is now assigned to our case", Eglet said.

Although the law itself is broad in its definition of terror, the Las Vegas attack has not been labelled as such because the gunman had no clear motive.

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