Las Vegas Court Approves Settlement for MGM Resorts Shooting Victims
MGM Resorts and its insurers can now settle with the 2017 shooting victims in the amount of $800m after a Las Vegas court gave approval.
As the third anniversary of the 2017 deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas takes place today, a Clark County District Court approved a settlement between the victims and MGM Resorts. Judge Linda Bell approved the settlement agreement, citing almost unanimous participation among the claimants in the case. A total of $800 million will be provided by MGM and its insurers to victims of the incident.
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On October 1, Stephen Paddock used the Mandalay Bay hotel to open fire on to a crowd of individuals attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Bullets were fired for around 10 minutes and left 58 victims dead with over 850 injured. Paddock committed suicide just as police approached his hotel suite.
The FBI were unable to determine the motive for Paddock to complete the deadliest mass shooting in US history. He was able to use the hotel suite to complete the crime, with a large arsenal of semi-automatic weapons on-site. Some of the guns had bump stocks, which are now banned.
MGM Resorts is the operator of the Mandalay Bay and they also owned the Las Vegas Village, where the concert took place. The liability of the casino company was called into question after the shooting took place. Attorneys wanted to know how the assailant was able to use the service elevators to transport luggage which contained guns and ammunition along with equipment for surveillance. Experts also wondered by the hotel room remained unchecked by staff for several days leading up to the incident.
MGM was able to reach a settlement with the plaintiffs within a suit filed regarding the incident about a year ago. The agreement excused the casino from admitting they were at fault. The settlement is not an admission of guilt but offered survivors and the victims’ families the option to take part in a resolution agreement. Almost everyone took part in the deal.
Robert Eglet represented around 2,000 people in the case. When the settlement was approved, the attorney said that there were no objections or appeals. Notices will be sent out an after one month, the $800 million will be deposited.
Insurance companies of the gaming operator will pay $751 million of the amount owed while MGM will cover the remaining $49 million. A total of 4,400 relatives and victims are included in the settlement. They will receive funds from the disbursement. The payouts will be provided based on the injury severity as well as to families who lost loved ones. Victims with life-altering injuries will also receive high amounts from the settlement.
Because of the deadly shooting, action was taken to ensure better security at casino facilities. Unions began fighting for better security protections for employees. One change made was to provide panic buttons for housekeepers. These buttons allow the employee to send out an alert for help if needed.
Luggage is also being scanned by casinos. This type of security measure would have caught Paddock in the act before he got to his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay. Bollards have also been set up on the Strip to protect pedestrians as they walk along the sidewalks.
For MGM Resorts, they created an Emergency Response Team. The Las Vegas Metro Police also made changes. In 2017, they had communication trouble via their radios which caused response issues. The department has made changes to ensure that this type of communication issue does not happen again.
The shooting was a devasting occurrence that has resulted in many changes to better protect players and guests of gambling facilities. With the settlement, hopefully the victims and their families can receive some type of closure and be able to move on from this horrible incident.