A new lawsuit was filed Monday over the Las Vegas shooting massacre.
Attorneys who filed one of the first lawsuits after the mass shooting that killed 58 and left hundred injured, filed four new negligence cases on behalf of more than 450 victims.
Attorneys Mo Aziz and Chad Pinkerton filed four lawsuits, including two wrongful death lawsuits. The claims include shooting victims, trampling victims and those who say they now suffer from PTSD.
“It’s important for these people to get a chance to be heard, have a chance to have a California jury decide this case. Hopefully we will learn during this process and hopefully the defendants will learn during this process how to make venues like concerts safer. It’s highly important,” said Plaintiffs’ Attorney Chad Pinkerton.
Today’s lawsuits target MGM Resorts, the security company at the concert, Live Nation which organized the show, and the estate of Stephen Paddock – the gunman who shot into the crowd.
Attorneys for victims say there were not adequate security measures and that they all failed to follow what procedures they did have.
“What we gonna show in this case is that the defendants did not keep these people safe. The security was an utter failure, they had no plan, they violated their own policies. They violated industry standard policies and they ignored what their own experts told them to do. So we need them to do better and lawsuits are one way that we can help companies do better,” said Pinkerton.
The new lawsuits followed a wave of cases filed last week in Nevada state court in Las Vegas on behalf of 14 concertgoers, including some who were shot, injured or say they were traumatized trying to escape.
The new lawsuits were filed in Los Angeles. The plaintiffs want their cases to be heard in California. One lawyer said $1 billion would be a fair settlement.
“A lot of the thousands of people who wee in this venue and attending this concert did not know how to get out. And so when this client went to what he thought was an exit and it was locked, that required him to turn around and go back into the killing zone and, as many of these individuals faced, then they were inured or trampled or shot because they couldn’t get out of the venue,” said attorney Michelle Tuegel.
Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music concert from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on October 1st, killing 58 people. More than 500 others were injured in what became the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.