MGM Resorts Files Federal Lawsuit Over October 1 Shooting

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2018

The owners of Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas hotel from which a gunman launched the deadliest mass shooting in modern us history, have filed countersuits against victims seeking immunity from damage claims they might bring.

MGM Resorts International has filed federal lawsuits against upwards of 1,000 victims of the October mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival held at the MGM hotel Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Hundreds of families are still dealing with the aftermath of the mass shooting from Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas past year, which left 58 people dead and 851 injured.

In the lawsuits, MGM Resorts says that a security company at the concert provided a variety of services created to prevent mass violence, and that those services were certified by the Department of Homeland Security as appropriate.

MGM asserts that the security company hired for the festival, Contemporary Services, was protected by from liability as it was certified by the Department of Homeland Security. They believe it is nothing but "judge shopping", as elevating the case to the federal level could have the lawsuits heard by a judge more likely to side with MGM.

MGM Resorts International filed suit against more than 1,000 victims of the Las Vegas shooting last week, according to documents filed in Nevada federal court. The lawsuits do not seek any money from the victims but argue that any claims against MGM parties must be dismissed.

"Having failed to keep their property safe, they are trying to shift responsibility to the security company at the concert", Eglet said.

Next month, MGM plans to open its new resort casino in Springfield, the first in MA. "Such claims inevitably implicate security at the concert - and may result in loss to CSC", the company's lawsuits said.

The FBI never ruled it as an act of terrorism because of the lack of a clear motive from the gunman.

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To defend itself, the company is turning to the little-known federal statute called the Safety Act, passed by Congress in 2002 to limit the liability of companies that provide anti-terrorism services.

Weapons inside Stephen Paddock's Mandalay Bay hotel room.

"The Safety Act doesn't apply to them, it applies to CSC", Eglet said.

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

Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

But MGM argues a security company working the venue is in fact responsible.

Numerous lawyers in Las Vegas feature the shooting on their websites, some specifically calling out MGM.

MGM said it was released from liability for the attack under a U.S. law passed in the wake of 9/11 because the security firm it contracted to oversee the concert, Contemporary Services Corp (CSC), was certified by the Department of Homeland Security.

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