In a move that is sure to see its fair share of criticism, MGM Resorts International, the owners of Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival, have pre-emptively filed a lawsuit against the nearly 1000 victims of last year’s fatal shooting in Las Vegas that took the lives of 59 people.
In a statement released earlier today, MGM stated “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.”
In the lawsuit, MGM claims that they “have no liability of any kind to defendants (victims),” which, in layman terms says that MGM is not at fault for the deaths and injuries of the victims. MGM is citing a 2002 federal act that protects themselves and the security firm they hired, Contemporary Services Corp., from liability because the hired security firm was certified by the Department of Homeland Security for “protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction.”
Why Would MGM and Mandalay Bay Sue The Victims?
Legally, this is MGM’s way to wash their hands of any liability of the incident whatsoever. Clearly, this is a blatant attempt by MGM to side-step from paying out any compensation owed to the hundreds of victims of last year’s terrible tragedy. MGM is a multi-million dollar media conglomerate with multi-million dollar properties doing everything possible leave them out to dry.
Local Nevada attorney who represents many of the victims agrees, as he stated that the move was a “blatant display of judge shopping…quite frankly verges on unethical. I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like. It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”
What Happens If I Get Hurt On Someone Else’s Property? The Premises Liability Law Basics
If let’s say you’re shopping at Wal-Mart or you’re eating at a restaurant, you are what is considered a guest or an invitee of that business. The business has a duty to ensure that your experience as an invitee is reasonably safe. If you are injured for any reason that the business may have reasonably been able to have prevented, then Texas premises liability laws may allow you to be compensated for those injuries.
At times, many businesses may employ tactics such as posting up signs that say that they are not responsible for any accidents, however, as we have written in previously, those signs have no merit or protection against the Texas liability laws that are designed to protect consumers.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic injury, call the McAllen injury attorneys at Moore Law Firm today at 1-800-444-2780.