MGM Resorts files suit denying liability in Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting
Victims of the mass shooting filed multiple suits against the company in the wake of the shooting alleging the company was negligent. On October 1, 2017 shooter Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured 500 others when he opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, owned by MGM Resorts.
In total, MGM lawyers say there have been over 2,500 lawsuits launched against the company and it's owned properties related to the attack. The lawyers assert MGM Resorts and affiliated companies are not liable because the security company hired for the event was covered under the SAFETY Act of 2002. The act limits the liability of companies certified by the Department of Homeland Security in the case of mass attacks on U.S. soil. MGM argues since they hired a company which was certified, they are clear from liability.
Among those killed in the shooting was Tennessean Sonny Melton, who is survived by wife Heather. Melton was killed while shielding his wife from gunfire during the festival.
Melton was one of dozens of Tennesseans believed to have attended the festival. The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration says 40 tickets to the festival were sold in the state but more were there as musicians or in other roles.