MGM Resorts International has sued victims of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history in an attempt to avoid legal liability for the terror attack that look place in October 2017. The lawsuit does not seek money from the victims.
In October 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire at festival goers from a 32nd-floor suite at Mandalay Bay, killing 58 and wounding about 500 before he committed suicide.
According to US reports, in lawsuits filed in Nevada, California, New York and other states, MGM — whose Vegas resorts include the MGM Grand, Bellagio and Mandalay Bay — says that it has “no liability of any kind” to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.
AP reports that, "MGM says the 2002 law limits liabilities when a company or group uses services certified by the US Department of Homeland Security and mass attacks occur. The company says it is not liable because its security vendor for the concert, Contemporary Services Corporation, was federally certified at the time of the October 1 shooting."
“We are not asking for money or attorney’s fees. We only want to resolve these cases quickly, fairly and efficiently,” MGM said in a statement.
After news of the lawsuit, the hashtag #BoycottMGMResorts has gone viral on social media.