Hundreds Of Victims Are Suing MGM Resorts Over Las Vegas Shooting

In a lawsuit that could have wide-ranging ramifications for the nightlife industry in Las Vegas, Business Insider reports, hundreds of victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting have joined class-action lawsuits against MGM Resorts International, owner of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, where shooter Stephen Paddock fired on a crowd of 20,000 country music fans from his perch in a 32nd floor hotel suite in what became the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Several lawsuits - the largest of which was filed on behalf of 450 people - attempt to hold MGM legally liable for not doing more to prevent the attack. Victims are additionally suing the shooter Stephen Paddock's estate and the concert organizer Live Nation Entertainment Inc. as well as, in some cases, the manufacturer of the bump stocks that allowed Paddock to fire as if he were using automatic weapons.

The shooting left nearly 60 people dead, and more than 400 injured.

Unfortunately for MGM, Nevada legal precedent suggests the company could be held liable for Paddock’s rampage. In October, the Nevada Supreme Court found that MGM could be held liable in a 2010 assault on a California couple at one of the company's hotels, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The court ruled that the attack was “foreseeable” because there had been similar cases of violence at the hotel. The question of whether the Las Vegas shooting was foreseeable will be central to the plaintiff’s case.

Furthermore, with several high-profile mass shootings having taken place in the US before the Las Vegas shooting, attorneys representing the victims can argue that hotels and other venues should have known to expand measures to try to prevent them. The fact that Paddock was able to smuggle nearly two dozen firearms into his room undetected could create serious problems for the defense.

"Foreseeability is one of the key components of liability," said Dick Hudak, a managing partner of Resort Security Consulting.

Heidi Li Feldman, a professor at Georgetown Law School, told Business Insider it’s "entirely feasible" that an attorney would make this argument based on the fact that mass shootings have taken place at other entertainment venues.

"If Congress isn't regulating gun ownership, it is going to be private parties ... who end up regulating their own premises," Feldman said.

The hotel industry has no national standards for security, and hotels aren't typically held accountable for guests' behavior. But if any of the hundreds of victims suing Mandalay Bay win their case, it could set a new precedent for the way hotels handle security.

But more importantly, it could shed some new light on what happened that day, as police have repeatedly changed their timeline of events, and MGM has done everything in its power to prevent employees who were involved in its response effort from speaking publicly. The company even reportedly arranged for Jesus Campos, the security guard whom Paddock shot in the leg, and who was the first to discover Paddock’s location, to do his first national media interview with Ellen Degeneres, because the company believed she wouldn’t try and ask too many “gotcha” questions. The New York Times even independently published a theoretical timeline that differed from the latest version released by the LVPD.

Finally, the public might learn the answers to several pressing questions related to the shooting as lawyers begin the process of discovery: how was Paddock, a 64-year-old-man, able to plan and execute the attack by himself? When, exactly, did Paddock’s rampage begin, and when did he shoot Campos? After Campos made the call, how long did it take for the SWAT team to reach Paddock’s room? Did the hotel staff promptly report the incident?

Investigators still haven’t found a definitive motive, but they several leaks about Paddock seeking treatment for depression, as well as reports that he lost millions of dollars gambling in the year before the attack, could be potentially useful trial balloons.


stacking12321 wren Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:11 Permalink

MGM's best defence is to tell the truth - question whether paddock was the shooter, and where the other shooters were.Once the facts are all in doubt, it will draw more scrutiny to the FBI's fake explanation of can they be held liable for a sequence of events, when no one even knows what those events were?

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philipat stacking12321 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:17 Permalink

Yes you beat me to the same point. MGM now has a vested interest in discrediting the "official" story. Unless, of course, a side deal is agreed whereunder MGM will be compensated for legal costs to settle out of Court. It's only printed fiat which is unlimited and essentially costs nothing to the real players behind Vegas. Especially because the discovery phase of such actions could be very embarassing for all involved.

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Déjà view stacking12321 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:29 Permalink

Purposely overlooked by Zionist Hasabara trolls and misinformed...Soros team donor casino mogul Sheldon Adelson good for a few billion...

This Powerful Adelson-funded Israel Lobby Could Soon Rival AIPAC’s Influence in Washington Thousands will descend on D.C. this weekend to mark the 10th anniversary of the Israeli-American Council. But some early supporters warn its growth comes with a price

Amir Tibon (Washington) Oct 31, 2017 4:53 PM

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Cloud9.5 TeamDepends Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:05 Permalink

One of the nice things about civil actions is that the standard of proof is much lower than it is in criminal trials.  All you have to do is convince the majority of the jury that your narrative is the most likely one and you win the prize.  The fact that Soros shorted the stock and Murren sold 80% of his stock when the buyback was supposed to raise the price of the stock seems counter intuitive unless they were in on the scheme or at least had knowledge of it. Soros is a shady character going all the way back to his Nazi collaboration days.  I would be surprised if some enterprising attorney did not incorporate him into the list of likely suspects.

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Super Sleuth Common_Cents22 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:51 Permalink

Why is no one talking about the FBI agents who checked into the Mandalay Bay? 30 FBI Agents checked into Mandalay Bay Hotel 1-2 days before Vegas shooting? Why did the Saudi Air Force also take over an entire Vegas hotel prior to the HARVEST shooting? Why did the Saudi Air Force really book an entire hotel in Las Vegas? Don’t they stay on a military base? 

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Déjà view stacking12321 Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:37 Permalink

Lawsuit omits Paddock's producers of:

Bullets...vehicle...home builder...stock food restaurants...junk food...incured gambling losses at system...MV fuel...Hollywood...Washington D.C...Carson City...Las Vegas...utilities...flouride...NV Dept of Yucca Flats...surveillance system...elevator...doctors...all surrounding business corp lack of due diligence...SUNSHINE...AIR WE BREATHE etc...

Anything & everything which made him mad...e.g. "What Happens In Vegas...Stays In Vegas!"

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Cloud9.5 drendebe10 Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:12 Permalink

While you hate them, this class action suit is worth billions.  These guys will sift through this mess with a microscope.  All the conspiracy theories will be vetted one by one.  All of the likely suspects are going to be examined close up.  If the Saudis, Soros, or the Deep State are outed this is the process that will do it.

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Lurk Skywatcher Clock Crasher Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:14 Permalink

Will be settled out of court to avoid having to answer why there is no surveillence footage.The problem with class actions is that everyone has to settle, or no-one gets anything. Even if there are some people who want the answers, the vast majority of plaintifs just want money and will force the few to settle. Anyone trying to take on MGM alone to get answers after that will be disappeared.Who exactly ponies up the money for the settlement is another question entirely...

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RafterManFMJ Lurk Skywatcher Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:17 Permalink

Just what I was going to post...I don’t have TV but for those that do - are ‘reporters’ questioning JUST WHERE IS THE HOURS OF VIDEO that have to exist?

Hmmmm? You can be one dumb motherfucker but even with an IQ of 60 you have to realize there are more cameras in a casino than in CIA headquarters ... so? WHERES THE FUCKING FILM?

Conclusion: This was in NO WAY anywhere near what’s been presented.

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nmewn Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:56 Permalink

                  Stop-Every-Fucking-Thing!Did everyone know that former NRA firearms instructor Stephen Willeford used one of those ugly, black, "assault rifles" (an AR15) to shoot and wound (twice) that pyschopath who shot all those people in a Sutherland Texas church?Has the Alinsky media told you that? You may resume your regularly scheduled programming ;-)

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:58 Permalink

NSS. Saw a guy named Mo on Fox Business. ME heritage.

I can't wait until AJ / Infowars release that video of the shooter swearing to be part of ISIS. Asshole leftist went total retard. Never go full retard.

Theta_Burn Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:02 Permalink

500 guys looking for card counters/cheaters on the gaming floorThen there's "Jesus" to patrol the 20 floors above..*Please sue ellen degenerate as well, for being a no-talent hack capitalizing tragedy ratings  

NoWayJose Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:06 Permalink

Lib judges overturn existing law and creative mew laws and entitlements. Hopefully we get some subpeonas for the evidence the FBI covered up.

. . . _ _ _ . . . Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:09 Permalink

"...where shooter Stephen Paddock fired on a crowd of 20,000 country music fans from his perch in a 32nd floor hotel suite..."...the Texas school book depository where lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots killing John F Kenn...Uh-hunh.

lester1 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:11 Permalink

Where the fuck are the hotel security videos showing Paddock?? This whole thing stinks!! Sue the crap out of MGM and George Soros !!

Nor Nagaer Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:23 Permalink

Had the shooter done all of his killing from a convenience store would hundreds of peoplebe suing the owner of the store? You always go for the money. To say that MGM could haveprevented this horrible attack is the same as saying United Airlines could have prevented 9/11.These sick whackos are going to find a way to kill their victims no matter what. This was notthe only venue that Paddock had considered using for his cowardly attacks. It will soon be New Years Eve in Las Vegas and thousands of people will be lining the streets.I can only pray that this day will pass by safely.

. . . _ _ _ . . . Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Hotels don't check your luggage or do background checks on guests (beyond credit cards,) not that they would have found anything on Paddock.Case closed.What about CNN reporting the story about Paddock days before the shooting?Has that tidbit been lost to history down the memory hole?

hoist the bs flag Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:29 Permalink

"The shooting left nearly 60 people dead, and more than 400 injured"wait...I was told by red pillers and ZH interweb researchers that this was just crisis actors....nobody died. this was a false flag to take guns away from patriots.fake news. nothing even happened! gay frogs, bigly! sad...

World Cash Day hoist the bs flag Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:55 Permalink

It was a False Flag* - why did MGM CEO Jim Murren sell 90% of his MGM stock that was hijacked by rogue operators with real people killed.(Article from September 2017)… kind of False Flag on top of a False Flag.As in any False Flag, there are people in on it who know what's going on. The patsies in this case were Stephen Paddock (never fired a shot), and 'Crisis actors' who thought they'd be fine but were actually shot up and murdered by real bullets.What better way to carry off some sort of operation shooting people up when there's a well-planned False Flag going on?Do you think anyone in on the False Flag would (hello Jim Murren!) ever want to admit conspiring to conduct a False Flag for whatever means that got hijacked by rogue agents who went and shot and killed dozens of people?!?!?No sirree!! Brilliant.Whatever kind of idiot would ever agree to be a "Crisis actor" thinking they're just going to collect a paycheck frankly deserves to get shot up by real bullets anyhow.So I think the saying is "Sorry, Not SORRY".Also - real people get killed in "False Flags" all the time - so there's nothing new about it really.Will make a great movie one day.

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Common_Cents22 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:09 Permalink

FBI was "cleaning up" the scene by painting the ground with asphalt sealer with rollers.   Were they covering up blood stains or ricochet marks that could be used to determine how many shooting locations there really were?