A message in remembrance of those killed in the Las Vegas massacre is displayed at the Zappos headquarters building on October 12 in Las Vegas.
The owners of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas could be forced to pay a huge legal bill after being sued by hundreds of victims of the October 1 mass shooting. Houston-based lawyer Muhammad Aziz said the lawsuits were filed in California, because nearly all the plaintiffs are from there and had subsequently been treated in the state.
The suits target not just Paddock's estate but also the promoter of the music festival, Live Nation, the Mandalay hotel group and its owner, MGM Resorts International.
Las Vegas festival shooting victims file lawsuit against organisers
In what is called the deadliest shooting in modern US history, a gunman opened fire into a crowd of 22,000 people attending a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip.
Live Nation Entertainment, the concert promoter, is also being sued, as well as the estate of mass murderer Stephen Paddock, the manufacturer of the bump stocks he used to fire rapidly and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue.
The complaint references a "do not disturb" sign that hung on the door of the gunman's suite for days without staff checking on the room, along with security cameras he placed on a hotel room door, in a service cart and in the hallway of the 32nd floor where the room was located "to prolong his shooting spree". One of the attorneys working on these lawsuits told Rueters that they were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court for two reason. MGM Resorts International, for example, might have advantages in Nevada-based cases due to the tens of thousands of people the company employs in the state. Even so, attorneys maintain that proper security, safety, and training could have prevented the tragedy. A fifth lawsuit names Kristina Staples, another California woman, who suffered a gunshot wound and remained in a coma for weeks after the shooting. Paddock, as previously reported, is believed to have made multiple high-dollar real estate investments in California and Texas.
MGM has said through representatives it won't litigate shooting lawsuits in the media.