MGM Resorts has announced that it now is looking at possible negotiations to settle with the victims of the Harvest Festival shooting in 2017. This is a change in direction from a deeply unpopular approach where the company preemptively sued victims in order to minimize the amount of compensation paid to victims and their families. All told, there were 58 fatalities, an estimated 500 shot or injured in the melee, and thousands more with broken bones, bumps, and bruises. Regardless of the injury, many were traumatized by the experience.
There is now a recent filing in a Las Vegas federal court by the company and attorneys representing many of the victims. According to many news outlets, it asks that the judge put the litigation of the case on hold while the two sides attempt to mediate. The company will do the same in other courts across the country where plaintiffs have filed lawsuits. This is after the company recently lost an attempt to have all the cases consolidated into one federal case.
MGM makes a statement
The company released a statement through one of its lawyers, asserting that it continues to believe it is not liable for damages. However, it goes on to add that it is in no one’s best interests for this case to drag out over a number of years.
Victims still claim the hotel was at fault
Victims and their families continue to point out that the Mandalay Bay staff was negligent in recognizing the danger of Stephen Paddock, who stayed in the hotel and was well known to the staff as a regular guest. The gunman was able to bring an arsenal of high-powered weaponry into his room, thus enabling him to cause catastrophic injuries to concert attendees on the grounds of the resort. These victims and their families will continue to work with attorneys who have experience in personal injury cases to get the compensation they feel they deserve.