On July 17, 2018, MGM Resorts International filed a series of preemptive federal complaints against the more than 1,000 people who were present at the Route 91 Harvest Festival during last October’s mass shooting in the hopes of insulating itself from being held liable for the deaths, injuries, or damages. The backlash from the public was almost instantaneous, and Bloomberg and Fortune turned to Partner Patrick McNicholas, who is representing 100 of the shooting’s victims, to comment on MGM’s claims.
MGM claims that it complied with the 2002 Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act, which shields companies from liability, since it had hired a security company that is certified by the Department of Homeland Security. However, McNicholas, stated that MGM’s use of the law to avoid liability is a “stretch,” and argued “MGM could have handled the situation in a more humane way, rather than going after the injured and bereaved.”
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