Live events sector
Hundreds of victims of the October 1st mass shooting in Las Vegas have filed five lawsuits in the Los Angeles Superior Court against the operators of the hotel from which the gunman fired, the organisers of the country music festival he targeted and the killer’s estate.
The shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas claimed the lives of 59 people and left hundreds of others injured. Gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, targeting music fans at the country music festival.
The largest of the law suits names 450 plaintiffs. Amongst those being sued are MGM Resorts International, owner of the Mandalay Bay resort; Live Nation, organiser of the event; and the estate of gunman Stephen Paddock.
Muhammad Aziz, a Houston-based lawyer who has filed the lawsuits said they were filed in California because nearly all the plaintiffs lived in the state and had been treated there. He also noted that Live Nation Entertainment was a California-based company.
The plaintiffs claim negligence by both MGM and Live Nation. They accuse MGM of not having adequate security policies, not properly training staff, failing to adequately monitor the hotel premises, and failing to respond quickly when security guard Jesus Campos was shot. The suit alleges that Paddock’s VIP status as a high-stakes gambler gave him access to a service elevator at the Mandalay Bay, which he used to stockpile weapons and ammunition in the days before the shooting.
In Live Nation’s case, the plaintiffs say the company failed to provide enough exits or properly train employees “in case of a foreseeable event, such as a terrorist attack or other emergency.”
Paddock’s estate is being sued for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Last week, another law firm filed 14 suits in Nevada court. In addition to MGM, Live Nation, and Paddock’s estate, these suits also name the manufacturers of the bump stock devices found in Paddock’s hotel suite. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argue that the shooting could have been stopped, and that the lawsuits are intended to prompt policy changes so it can’t happen again. The suits filed in Nevada include claims that the hotel did not have gunshot detection devices in hotel rooms, or have adequate procedures to handle an active shooter situation. The suit also alleges that Live Nation failed to provide adequate exits or properly train staff to handle emergencies.