After enduring a devastating tragic event on the night of October 1, when a lone shooter opened fire into the crowd of the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas, leaving 58 dead and over 800 injured, the victims of the tragic event are now being sued by MGM Resorts.
According to Lasvegasreview.com, MGM Resorts is suing victims who say the property is partially to blame for the events that occurred on Oct. 1. Stephen Paddock locked himself in a room on the 32nd Floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, busted out the window and began shooting from the hotel room.
The company that owns Mandalay Bay has filed over 1000 federal lawsuits against victims in order to steer clear of liability.
MGM is arguing that under a post 9/11 Safety Act, it’s not liable for the deaths and injuries at the festival that night and because event security company CSC is certified by the Department of Homeland Security, that the mass shooting falls under the “Safety Act.”
The SAFETY Act provides incentives for the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by creating systems of risk and litigation management. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the threat of liability does not deter potential manufacturers or sellers of effective anti-terrorism technologies from developing and commercializing technologies that could save lives.
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.”
“The unforeseeable events of October 1st affected thousands of people in Las Vegas and throughout North America. From the day of this tragedy, we have focused on the recovery of those impacted by the despicable act of one evil individual. While we expected the litigation that followed, we also feel strongly that victims and the community should be able to recover and find resolution in a timely manner. Congress provided that the Federal Courts were the correct place for such litigation relating to incidents of mass violence like this one where security services approved by the Department of Homeland Security were provided. 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.”
MGM Resorts is not suing for money but is looking for the federal courts to rule that the Safety Act applies to this case, releasing them from liability.