Published Nov 21, 2017Following the horrific mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, hundreds of victims are now suing promoter Live Nation, as well as other parties connected to the tragic event.
Multiple negligence lawsuits were filed on Monday (November 20) in Los Angeles County Superior Court, representing some 450 victims in the Las Vegas mass shooting and naming Live Nation, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, parent company MGM Grand Resorts, and CSC security as defendants.
As ABC reports, there were at least five new lawsuits filed, two of which involve death cases, as well as one catastrophic injury case and one mass tort lawsuit involving 450 victims who were shot, trampled or now suffer from PTSD.
On October 1, gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500 before killing himself.
The lawsuits allege that MGM and Live Nation ignored safety protocols and, as a result, put thousands of concertgoers at risk.
"What we're going to show in this case is that the defendants did not keep people safe. The security was an utter failure," said Pinkerton Law Firm lawyer Chad Pinkerton in a statement.
The lawsuits allege MGM and Mandalay Bay broke those protocols when they failed to prevent Paddock from bringing weapons into the hotel, as well as allowed him access to a freight elevator. They also allege they waited too long to call 911 after he first began firing on the crowd.
"There was a six minute-plus delay. There was a decision made not to make that phone call to 911 immediately," Pinkerton said.
The lawsuits went on the claim that Live Nation did not have properly marked exit signs, some exists were blocked and some areas were just entrances that would not allow people to exit. As a result, concertgoers went back in the direction of the gunfire to find another way out, the lawsuits claim.
No specific dollar amounts have been outlined in the lawsuits, but the lawyers could be seeking upwards of $1 billion, according to ABC.
In response to the lawsuits, Live Nation provided the following statement to ABC:
We continue to be devastated by the tragedy at the Route 91 Festival, heartbroken for the victims, their families and the countless people forever impacted by this senseless act of violence and are cooperating fully with the active FBI investigation. We are, however, unable to comment specifically on pending litigation.
In a separate statement, MGM Grand Resorts said the following:
The incident that took place on October 1st was a terrible tragedy perpetrated by an evil man. These kinds of lawsuits are not unexpected and we intend to defend ourselves against them. That said, out of respect for the victims, we will give our response through the appropriate legal channels.