One of the darkest episodes in the history of Las Vegas is getting its legal conclusion. MGM Resorts International, the casino operator of the Mandalay Bay facility, is going to settle. The same legal settlement will include the majority of the victims of the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas in 2017.
MGM announced that the settlement is there and that this covers all litigation plaintiffs. Of course, this is related to the terrible event that took place on October 1, 2017. During it, an attacker began shooting from his suite in the Mandalay Bay hotel on an open-air concert. The shooting resulted in 59 fatalities and hundreds of injuries.
Now, MGM will likely pay between $735 million and $800 million. This will be the third-biggest victim compensation fund ever in the US. The settlement means that MGM will not admit any liability because the parties will dismiss all litigation. The process should finish up by the end of 2020.
At the start of 2019, MGM stated that the company’s legal team believes that a settlement will be attained. The litigation which began well before that accused MGM of a number of security failings. Firstly, this includes the failure of the hotel staff to recognize that the attacker brought 23 semi-automatic weapons to the rooms. These included guns with long barrels and so-called bump-stock modification.
This turned the weapons in an almost-equivalent of full-auto assault rifles. The same then allowed him to attain this staggering level of carnage. Furthermore, the plaintiffs also stated that the security team of MGM did not properly react to the shooting.
The moment when the police arrived and identified the spot from which the attack was coming from, the attacker was already dead. However, the time between that and the start of the attack was still very long. Now, litigation seems to have come to its conclusion.
Not all legal elements will come to a full stop with this settlement, but they are on their way. In the next year or so, the legal teams on both sides will cover all other elements. This is why Jim Murren, the CEO of MGM called it a big step towards the full resolution of all legal issues. According to him, this should allow both the victims and their families, as well as the community itself, to move with the healing process.
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