Hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims
file lawsuits in California court
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[November 21, 2017]
By Tina Bellon
(Reuters) - Hundreds of victims of the Oct.
1 mass shooting in Las Vegas filed five lawsuits on Monday in a
California court against the operators of the hotel from which the
gunman fired, the organizers of the country music festival he targeted
and the killer's estate.
The largest of the lawsuits was filed on behalf of 450 people who were
either injured in or witnessed the shooting, while the other four were
brought by families of people who were killed or severely injured.
All five cases were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Muhammad Aziz, a Houston-based lawyer heading the lawsuits, said they
were filed in California because nearly all the plaintiffs were from the
state and had been treated there. He noted that Live Nation
Entertainment Inc, the event organizer, was a California-based company.
Stephen Paddock, 64, fired into the crowd gathered for the Route 91
Harvest Festival from a 32nd-floor hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel
in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more,
the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Paddock also killed
The victims accused the hotel operator MGM Resorts International and its
subsidiary Mandalay Corp, which owns the hotel, of failing to properly
monitor Paddock's activities, train staff members and employ adequate
The festival goers also alleged Live Nation was negligent for failing to
provide adequate exits and properly train staff for an emergency.
Several lawsuits have previously been filed in the shooting, mostly in
Nevada state court. One of those filed on Monday was brought by college
student Paige Gasper, who brought the first lawsuit over the mass
Gasper voluntarily dismissed the Nevada lawsuit on Friday.
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marking the one-week anniversary of the October 1 mass shooting in
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Live Nation and MGM did not immediately respond to a request for
comment. The companies have previously declined to comment on
Plaintiffs also sued the shooter's estate for battery and assault.
The reportedly wealthy shooter is thought to have had
multimillion-dollar real estate investments across Texas and
A court hearing about who will be appointed to administer Paddock's
estate is set for Dec. 7.
Slide Fire Solutions, the maker of the so-called bump stock device
Paddock used to achieve a near-automatic rate of fire, was named in
previous lawsuits over the shooting, but not in any of the suits
filed on Monday.
Aziz said Slide Fire was not named because most of his clients
supported the right to bear arms.
"We want to focus on hotel and venue security, not turn this into a
gun rights case," he said.
(Reporting by Tina Bellon; editing by Anthony Lin and G Crosse)
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