As we approach the first anniversary of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, killer Stephen Paddock’s motives remain as much a mystery as ever.
And speaking of mysterious motives, MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay and the venue where the shooting occurred, is pre-emptively suing the survivors in the hopes of staving off future lawsuits against themselves:
The company, which owns Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, argues that it cannot be held liable for Oct. 1 deaths, injuries or other damages, adding that any claims against MGM parties “must be dismissed,” according to complaints filed Friday in Nevada and California.
MGM is a Nevada company, so any lawsuits belong in state court, [Las Vegas attorney Robert] Eglet said. He viewed the decision to file the complaints in federal court as a “blatant display of judge shopping” that “quite frankly verges on unethical.”
“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” he said. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”
It’s hard to argue with that assessment.
— Cory Groshek (@CoryGroshek) July 17, 2018
— Jay Negri Senatus (@j_senatus) July 17, 2018
— Conex Alway (@ConexAlway) July 17, 2018
Might have considered running this one by the marketing department first https://t.co/mJyuIDKfuG
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 17, 2018
Boycott ..Mandalay Bay hotel in vegas ..they are suing the victims of the horrific Vegas shooting .
— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) July 17, 2018
MGM Resorts' Mandalay Bay was the platform from which a gunman opened fire on over a thousand victims that MGM is now suing to try and end-run liability claims. I guess they believe one PR disaster from the tragedy isn't enough.
— PBCliberal (@PBCliberal) July 17, 2018
This is outrageous. I have stayed at the Mandalay Bay & love the place. But this is not only against human decency, but how could they not recognize this PR nightmare. Boycott. MGM Resorts sues 1,000 victims of Las Vegas mass shooting, denying liability https://t.co/NNzbhC2YpV
— Paul D Flannigan (@PaulDFlannigan) July 17, 2018
Optics don’t get much worse than this.
"There's no such thing as bad publicity."
"Let's prove that wrong."
~Mandalay Bay & MGM Resorts
— nathan timmel (@nathantimmel) July 17, 2018