BREAKING NEWS : Tornado warning issued for parts of Allen, Whitley and Huntington counties Full Story
BREAKING NEWS : Fort Wayne police investigate shooting on Sherman Boulevard Full Story

Families of Las Vegas shooting victims 'disgusted,' 'insulted' at MGM's lawsuit

Disgust and anger underscored the words from survivors and families of the Las Vegas mass shooting victims during a p...

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 12:04 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 12:04 PM

Disgust and anger underscored the words from survivors and families of the Las Vegas mass shooting victims during a press conference Monday as they responded to MGM Resorts International filing two lawsuits against the victims in an effort to shield the company from liability.

Filed Friday, the lawsuit named more than 1,000 defendants, many of them people who were wounded or otherwise injured during the rampage or are relatives of those who were killed. 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.

Read the Nevada lawsuit for yourself

"To hear that MGM was suing my family, it forces me to relive all the pain and suffering all over again," said Wayne Meyer, whose son Austin was one of the 58 killed in October. "I somehow feel like I'm back to square one, but it makes me mad. I'm disgusted ... I've already lost my son and now they want to sue me. They want to take what little I have left and that makes me mad. It's really hard. I think about my son every day."

Joyce Shipp, whose daughter Laura was also one of those killed, said she was "so pissed" about the lawsuit.

"The fact that they're trying to sue us now, or they are suing us, it's outrageous," she said. "I mean, who does that? Who does that? It's like being kicked again to the ground."

Jason McMillan, a Riverside County sheriff's deputy, was shot and paralyzed during the shooting. During Monday's press conference he expressed how he used to protect people from danger in his law enforcement duties during his four years as a deputy.

"I can't do that anymore. I can't go to work. I can't do what I was doing before," he said, adding that the thought that he's now being sued is "insulting" and "absurd."

"It enrages me that this company can just try to skip out on their responsibilities and liability for what happened," McMillan said. "I just can't believe the audacity of them. ... I just want them to know that I'm not just a victim from the concert. I'm a survivor."

The blame game

The October 1 shooting, which left hundreds injured and many more traumatized in addition to 58 dead, began when a heavily armed gunman later identified as Stephen Paddock smashed windows in his Mandalay Bay suite on the 32nd floor and rained bullets down on thousands of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival across the street. Police said the gunman then fatally shot himself.

Since the attack, more than 2,500 people have brought lawsuits or threatened to file lawsuits against MGM Resorts International and its subsidiaries, according to MGM. Mandalay Bay and the Las Vegas Village, the site of the festival, are owned by corporations whose parent company is MGM Resorts International.

The resort company's lawsuits in Nevada and California name more than 1,000 such victims as defendants, many of whom had filed lawsuits that were voluntarily dismissed, apparently with the intent of refiling them later.

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.

MGM hired a vendor, Contemporary Services Corp., to provide security for the event. By hiring CSC, whose services the Department of Homeland Security has approved "for protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction," MGM is claiming it is absolved from responsibility in the shooting.

"Defendants' actual and threatened lawsuits implicate the services provided by CSC because they implicate security at the concert, including training, emergency response, evacuation and adequacy of egress," the lawsuits say.

That sentence is important because MGM hopes a judge will agree that a 2002 law called the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Technologies Act, or SAFETY Act, shields the hotel and concert venue owner from liability, putting it instead on CSC.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 74992

Reported Deaths: 3044
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion15963725
Lake7632275
Elkhart488385
Allen3937163
St. Joseph354682
Hamilton2803104
Vanderburgh199713
Hendricks1901108
Cass17969
Johnson1767118
Porter133839
Clark124447
Tippecanoe122111
Madison98765
LaPorte92130
Howard90565
Kosciusko86212
Bartholomew80147
Floyd79146
Marshall79022
Monroe75930
Delaware73852
Dubois70012
Noble68429
Boone68346
Hancock67038
Vigo66810
Jackson5885
Warrick58630
LaGrange55910
Shelby55827
Grant52830
Dearborn50828
Morgan48334
Clinton4403
Henry38520
Wayne37710
White37210
Montgomery35421
Lawrence35027
Harrison34123
Decatur33832
Putnam2908
Miami2742
Daviess27320
Scott26810
Greene25134
Jasper2452
Franklin24314
DeKalb2354
Gibson2284
Jennings22612
Steuben2113
Ripley2087
Carroll1932
Fayette1907
Perry18612
Starke1787
Posey1770
Orange17324
Wells1712
Wabash1703
Fulton1692
Jefferson1652
Knox1590
Whitley1546
Tipton14311
Washington1421
Spencer1363
Sullivan1341
Clay1245
Huntington1243
Randolph1234
Newton11810
Adams1022
Jay920
Owen911
Pulaski831
Rush804
Brown741
Fountain742
Blackford652
Ohio655
Benton620
Pike560
Vermillion550
Parke521
Switzerland520
Crawford450
Martin450
Union410
Warren231
Unassigned0206

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 101731

Reported Deaths: 3673
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin18483525
Cuyahoga13640500
Hamilton9689255
Lucas5377323
Montgomery439894
Summit3573223
Butler294463
Marion292945
Mahoning2566254
Pickaway238742
Stark1844139
Warren180339
Lorain180278
Columbiana166560
Trumbull1534107
Fairfield140032
Delaware131619
Licking129949
Clark115814
Lake112438
Wood105858
Clermont94111
Medina93035
Miami85338
Tuscarawas78814
Portage76561
Allen76044
Greene70312
Mercer62513
Belmont62126
Richland60812
Erie59227
Ashtabula57446
Geauga55844
Wayne54458
Ross4904
Darke40229
Huron4015
Ottawa39026
Madison38810
Sandusky38417
Hancock3793
Athens3591
Holmes3286
Lawrence2880
Auglaize2566
Union2541
Muskingum2391
Jefferson2342
Scioto2341
Seneca2223
Putnam20817
Knox2067
Washington20522
Preble2042
Shelby2004
Coshocton1946
Champaign1782
Crawford1745
Morrow1722
Hardin16912
Clinton1656
Highland1591
Logan1552
Ashland1493
Defiance1484
Wyandot1488
Fulton1471
Brown1382
Perry1363
Williams1353
Guernsey1187
Hocking1189
Henry1172
Fayette1150
Carroll1105
Monroe9318
Pike770
Jackson750
Van Wert721
Paulding700
Gallia651
Adams612
Meigs500
Vinton312
Morgan280
Harrison261
Noble160
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 66°
Angola
68° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 68°
Huntington
Broken Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 66°
Decatur
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 66°
Van Wert
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 66°
Isolated Showers Tuesday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events