Lawsuits name Las Vegas casino and concert organizers as defendants
LAS VEGAS, November 15, 2017 — Legal action continues to be taken following the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert on Oct. 1, which left 58 people dead and over 500 others wounded.
The lawsuit which was filed by a Chicago based law firm, named Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, concert organizer Live Nation and Slide Fire Solutions as defendants. Slide Fire Solutions is a Texas based manufacturer that produces and sells the accessory that allowed the Vegas to fire rapidly.
The plaintiffs included in the suit are seeking compensation for physical and mental injuries incurred during the tragic shoot, which plaintiffs say the defendants are at least partially to blame. The recent suit follows three other civil complaints that have been filed since the incident.
Stephen Paddock opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers from his room at the Mandalay Bay, which overlooked the venue of a massive three-day country music event. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
According to the lawsuit, Stephen Paddock, the shooter, was a frequent gambler who enjoyed VIP status at the resort, which allowed him privileges including the use of a service elevator that allowed him to stockpile an arsenal in his suite over the course of several days. A point that pundits have been focusing on while trying to explain how this could have happened and ways to prevent it from happening again.
The suit also claims that exits at the venue were not properly marked, making it difficult for attendees to quickly exit. Antonio Romanucci, lead attorney for the suit, told the Associated Press that he hopes to hold the entire supply chain, Slide Fire Solutions, responsible.
Those named in the complaint have remained silent and not commented on pending litigation. MGM Resorts International, which is the parent company of the Las Vegas casino released a statement saying the shooting was “a meticulously planned, evil … act,” and would only respond to the accusations made against them through legal channels.
Lawsuits stemming from mass shootings are becoming all too familiar. A suit was previously filed on behalf of the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting which killed 49 people last year. The 2007 Virginia Tech shooting which killed 32 people, highlighted the difficulty posed by these suits.
Six years later, the Virginia Supreme Court overturned a verdict that sided with the victims’ families, who alleged the state was responsible. The state attorney general released a statement saying that the decision showed that the shooter was the sole person responsible for the tragedy.
While lawsuits may be difficult to win in these situations, it may strongly encourage the casino and concert organizers to better prepare for the possibility of a shooting or any other emergency.