Mandalay Bay

MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas strip, is suing more than 1,000 people affected by last year’s deadly mass shooting.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that MGM International’s lawsuit against the victims — filed in U.S. District Court — isn’t seeking any monetary damages, but instead asking for all existing complaints filed against the resort giant be dismissed. MGM argues that it should be afforded additional liability protection as it used anti-terrorism technology and other services meant to “help respond to and prevent mass violence,” according to a 2002 federal act establishing the protections.

“Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community and those still healing,” MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong told the Review-Journal.

However, a lawyer representing some of the victims told the paper that the resort’s efforts to file a counterclaim in federal court amounted to “judge-shopping,” and that the lawsuit belongs in state court.

“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” attorney Robert Eglet said. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”

News of the lawsuit inspired rage on social media, with many Twitter users pledging to boycott MGM Resorts International.

When a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the window of his Mandalay Bay hotel room last October, 59 people were killed, and more than 500 people were injured. The shooter broke the window of his 32nd-floor suite and used a “bump stock” device that allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire at speeds comparable to fully automatic weapons.

All 23 of the firearms the gunman had in his hotel room were legally obtained, as well as the 19 others found at his home. 33 of his firearms were all purchased within one year. He committed suicide before police could reach him. The Las Vegas massacre is regarded as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Grit Post does not publish the names of mass shooters, and we discourage other media outlets from doing so in order to avoid contributing to future mass shootings by making killers famous.) 

 

Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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