Lawyers filed lawsuits for more than 450 victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. The lawsuits name concert organizers, the killer’s estate, and MGM International, which owns the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where the shooter launched his attack, as defendants.
In what is called the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, a gunman opened fire into a crowd of 22,000 people attending a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip. Fifty-eight people died and an estimated 546 suffered injuries. Shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Attorneys filed the lawsuits in Los Angeles Superior Court because most of the plaintiffs are from California, according to Houston attorney Muhammad Azizi, one of the lead attorneys. In addition, event organizer Live Nation Entertainment Inc. is based in California.
Attorney Chad Pinkerton told Fox News the lawsuits will likely receive a fairer shake in Los Angeles.
“There would be certain advantages for MGM to defend its case in Nevada,” Pinkerton said, adding that a jury in MGM Resorts’ hometown might include people with direct or indirect ties to the company and its more than 70,000 employees.
Attorneys face a difficult road to legally place the blame on parties other than the shooter, and the lawsuits could take years to resolve in court. Even so, attorneys maintain that proper security, safety, and training could have prevented the tragedy.
The lawsuits also go after Paddock’s estate. He is believed to have “multimillion dollar” real estate investments in Texas and California. But at least one account suggested Paddock, a high-stakes gambler, lost large sums of money in recent years, which may have led to depression that may have been a catalyst for him to carry out the brutal attack on concertgoers.
Attorneys have filed several additional lawsuits in connection to the shooting in Nevada courts as well.