MGM sues Las Vegas massacre victims in hopes of limiting liability

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MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay, went to federal courts in Nevada and California and took on more than 1,000 shooting victims, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday.

The owners of the Las Vegas resort from where 58 people were killed in America's worst-ever mass shooting have sued the victims, in a bid to prevent them taking legal action against the company.

In U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California and District of Nevada, MGM has filed for declaratory judgement to avoid or limit liability related to the October 1, 2017, shooting that killed 58 people and injured almost 500.

A high-stakes gambler killed 58 people and injured hundreds more a year ago after he shattered the windows of his Mandalay Bay suite and fired on a concert crowd below.

Robert Eglet, a Las Vegas-based lawyer for the shooting victims, told the Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper the suit targeting the 800 survivors of the mass shooting was misfiled in federal court.

According to Lasvegasreview.com, MGM Resorts is suing victims who say the property is partially to blame for the events that occurred on October 1.

In the complaints, MGM has asked that a judge decide if the 2002 act is applicable, and if so, determine that it is exempt from any civil lawsuits.

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Las Vegas police commanders say Paddock shot festival goers from the windows he broke out of his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay.

"The Act and the associated regulations make clear that any such claim against the MGM Parties must be dismissed".

The company also made reference to legislation, known as the "SAFETY Act", that provides liability protection to any company that uses antiterrorist technology, which the suit states they used as part of security provided by Contemporary Services Corporation.

NPR said a Nevada law firm had filed 14 various lawsuits there, naming MGM Resorts, Live Nation and the Paddock estate as plaintiffs, along with manufacturers of the bump stock device found in Paddock's hotel room after he killed himself there.

The suit is potentially complicated by the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has refused to define the attack as terrorism, because shooter Stephen Paddock had no clear motive.

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".

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