Las Vegas hotel seeks immunity from lawsuits by shooting victims

Wednesday, July 18, 2018-The Mandalay Bay, which is one of the finest Las Vegas hotels, in which a gunman performed the deadliest, unexpectable mass shooting in modern by the owners in U.S. history, have filed countersuits against victims seeking immunity from damage claims they might bring.

MGM Resorts International in lawsuits filed in federal courts in Las Vegas and Los Angeles last week denied liability for the carnage and trauma of the October 2017 rampage in which 58 people were killed and hundreds of others injured.

Stephen Paddock, a retired real estate investor, aged6, ‘poured gunfire from his 32nd-floor hotel suite into a crowd of 20,000 people attending an outdoor music festival, then killed himself before police stormed his room’. Investigators found that Paddock amassed high-powered weapons and ammunition in the hotel room in the days leading up to the shooting, unnoticed by hotel security.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada on Friday by MGM Resorts, Mandalay Resort Group, MGM Resorts Festival Grounds and MGM Resorts Venue Management. Survivors have accused the hotel inadequate security measures. The attack held upon, in which 2,500 people have sued and were threatened to sue the hotel owners.

The countersuit maintained that the hotel was protected under a 2002 U.S. law known as the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act, or SAFETY, which limits liability to certain businesses that take prescribed steps to “prevent and respond to mass violence.”

“MGM parties cannot be held liable to defendants for deaths, injuries or other damages arising from Paddock’s attack,” the lawsuit said, adding that any claims against the hotel must be dismissed.

A Las Vegas-based trial lawyer representing shooting victims Robert Eglet, said, “the SAFETY Act had “nothing to do with MGM or Mandalay Bay” because the hotel’s own security contractors were not certified by the Department of Homeland Security. A separate security company hired by the concert promoter was DHS-certified”. Eglet added, “At least six victims who sued the hotel in state court in Las Vegas are already contesting a previous move by Mandalay Bay to shift the case to federal court by invoking jurisdiction under the SAFETY Act”.

 

by Sawan Kumar on July 19, 2018

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