MGM Reports International, the corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas are suing victims of October’s mass shooting, prompting outrage from the Vegas community.
MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay, went to federal courts in Nevada and California and took on more than 1,000 shooting victims, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday.
The company is asking for the claims against them to be dismissed.
“Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants,” the complaints argue.
Las Vegas lawyer Robert Eglet, who is representing several victims, told the LVRJ hotel’s unusual action is an effort to get the cases heard in federal court instead of state court.
He said the decision was 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 It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level,” said Eglet.
Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the window of a Mandalay Bay hotel room on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more as the Route 91 Festival took place.
The massacre is the deadliest in modern U.S. history.