Suing the victims of a mass shooting seems bad enough, but an attorney for MGM Resorts asserts that it’s for their own good.
After one of the deadliest attacks in U.S. history during an October 2017 country music concert in Las Vegas, the company that operated the show (and owned the building where the gunman fired from) is looking to decrease its liability.
MGM Resorts International, which is facing a barrage of lawsuits over the shooting, responded Friday by naming more than 1,000 of the shooting victims as defendants in two lawsuits of its own. The entertainment giant is not seeking monetary damages but, citing a federal law, asks the courts to protect it from legal actions filed by the victims.
In a statement to CNN, MGM Resorts called the shooting “the despicable act of one evil individual” and said its lawsuits, filed Friday in US District Courts for Nevada and Central California, are intended to benefit the victims and help them heal.