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MGM turns to never-tested law to sue Vegas shooting victims

The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas using an obscure U.S. law never tested in court has been framed by the casino-operator as an effort to avoid years of costly litigation — but the legal maneuver may not play out that way.

The company is not seeking money in the lawsuits filed in at least seven states over the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Instead, it wants federal courts to declare that it has no liability to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

MGM argues that the Oct. 1 shooting met two conditions of the law: it qualifies as an act of terrorism and federally certified security services were used at the venue where 22,000 concertgoers were gathered as gunfire rained down from the company’s Mandalay Bay casino-resort.

But experts believe legal resolutions won’t come quickly because appeals are practically guaranteed and a U.S. court may not be the appropriate entity to determine whether the shooting is considered terrorism. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Friday that the law authorizes its leader to make that declaration.

The Department of Homeland Security said in response to MGM’s lawsuits that its secretary “possesses the authority to determine whether an act was an ‘act of terrorism’” under the law in question, and it “has not made any such determination regarding the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting incident.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know who , in the byzantine bowels of the MGM legal system, signed off on this use of this law against the victims of this shooting; but the optics here are completely horrific.

What it may do is negatively impact the financial health of MGM, by inspiring a call for a boycott of ALL things MGM, and for a long basis: I don't think that the attorneys who were so quick to grab this as their strategy, thought the whole thing through.

And if Homeland Security does NOT determine that the act was, "an act of terrorism", this strategy is toast.

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