Las Vegas Hotel Sues 2017 Mass Shooting Victims

Pauline Gross
July 18, 2018

An attorney representing some of the victims of the October 1 shooting massacre in Las Vegas slammed Mandalay Bay's owner for suing them.

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.

The anti-terrorism act in question was passed after the September 11 attacks and extends liability protection to companies that use "anti-terrorism" technology or services which aim to "help prevent and respond to mass violence".

The company argues that the federal law protecting it from being liable should apply in this case because the vendor MGM hired for Route 91, Contemporary Services Corp., had been certified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for "protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction".

"I've never seen such callous, reprehensible behavior", Robert Eglet, a Las Vegas attorney who said he represents about 1,000 survivors, told CBS News. "They're just causing more harm to these victims by doing this".

Eglet has about 1,000 shooting victims as clients but said most have not taken the hotel to court, and he said that none of the handful of victims who have lawsuits against MGM were named as defendants in Friday's actions seeking immunity.

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.

The company wants a court to declare that the USA law "precludes any finding of liability" against MGM "for any claim for injuries arising out of or related to Paddock's mass attack".

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

The lawsuit claims sympathy for the victims, saying that "years of drawn out litigation" is not in their best interests.

"CSC had nothing to do with Mandalay Bay not having security stop Stephen Paddock from unloading luggage with 23 assault rifles, carrying them up to his room and not noticing anything for three to five days", Eiland said.

Police say in addition to the 58 killed, more than 700 were injured, while countless others continue enduring psychological scars.

According to MGM's lawsuits, more than 2,500 people have either sued MGM or have threatened to do so.

This undated file photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.

Victims with active lawsuits against MGM do not face the company's legal claim. The shooting has not been ruled as a terror attack and authorities said Paddock appeared to have no terrorist connections or political motive.

Earlier this week, MGM Resorts filed its suit, hoping to absolve itself of liability.

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