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More than 450 Vegas Massacre victims file lawsuits in Los Angeles

Posted by Neil Shouse | Nov 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Yesterday attorneys for over 450 victims of October's Vegas Massacre filed several lawsuits in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The crux of their argument is that the Mandalay Bay, where the shooter rained down bullets at the outdoor Route 91 Harvest Festival, was negligent in protecting its patrons. Before killing himself, the shooter murdered 58 people and wounded more than 500 others.

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Specifically, the complaint alleges that Mandalay Bay workers were negligent in noticing that the shooter had spent days accumulated an arsenal in his hotel room, and that they were too slow to alert authorities after the shooter fired his first shot at the security guard outside his hotel room. Had the Mandalay Bay been more vigilant and quick to action, perhaps the massacre could have been avoided or at least lessened.

The lawsuits also named as a defendant Live Nation, which promoted the concert. The complaint alleges that the event had inadequate exits and no employees skilled in how to manage a mass evacuation. Had Live Nation instituted a better emergency plan, perhaps more people could have escaped unharmed and fewer people would have been trampled.

The majority of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit live in California. Most were attendees at the concert, and a few were security guards there and family members of dead victims. Their injuries include gunshot wounds, trampling, and post-traumatic stress. Learn more about filing a lawsuit in Nevada for Vegas massacre victims.

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A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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