MGM suing its victims?
In an effort to avoid liability for the mass shooting in October of last year, MGM Resorts is seeking to sue over 1,000 victims to avoid their potential lawsuits.
Many victims have already set out to sue MGM, accusing them of not providing thorough security to keep them safe. Stephen Paddock, the shooter, killed 58 people and wounded over 500 more that day.
MGM is seeking this loophole that they just found two weeks ago to dodge any allegations of their security incompetence. In fact, after the infamous 9/11 terrorist attack, lawmakers passed the Support Antiterrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (Safety) Act. The law protects security services if they do not stop an act of terror, for sometimes, it is truly out of their control and they should not be liable.
The massive resort franchise believes it has a strong case, as it hired a security company that was approved by the Department of Homeland Security, and the shooting was an act of terror. It is unclear how successful they will be in court, but it seems like they have a pretty strong case. MGM lawyer Michael Doyen explains that the court system has never experienced a terrorism case in which a DHS-certified security team was serviced. To succeed in the case, they will need to wait on a statement from DHS to see if this was truly an act of terrorism or not.
Many people are outraged by this lawsuit. Shooting victim lawyer Craig Eiland explains, “Their theory is that this security company goes to D.H.S. and gets some type of certificate, and so now MGM is immune, and everybody in the future who hires the company is immune. It’s outrageous, and that’s not what the law is, and we would all be less safe.”
It’s unclear whether or not they will be successful in court, but this lawsuit could pave the way for many more of the same caliber.
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