sunny.png
Friday September 18th, 2020 7:32PM

Las Vegas shooting victims closer to getting $800M payout

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than 4,400 relatives and victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history could receive a total of $800 million in payouts from MGM Resorts International and its insurers by January, the casino giant and attorneys said Thursday.

After a year arranging details, Robert Eglet, the attorney handling the settlement of dozens of lawsuits, submitted documents asking a Nevada court judge to approve sweeping negotiations involving an eye-popping number of plaintiffs from nearly every state in the U.S., at least eight Canadian provinces, the United Kingdom, Iran and Ireland.

The line-by-line list of victims, identified by initials only, runs for more than 170 pages of a 225-page civil complaint seeking compensation and punitive damages from MGM Resorts. It accuses the casino company of negligence, wrongful death and liability in the 2017 shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 850 others on the Las Vegas Strip.

A man with military-style weapons rained gunfire into a crowd at an outdoor country music festival from his room on the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay resort, which MGM Resorts owns.

The company acknowledged no liability. It will pay $49 million, while insurance companies will pay $751 million, both sides said.

A separate document declares the case settled and asks Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell to set a date to field any objections. Bell could set a hearing by the third anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre.

“Clearly, the case has been settled in good faith,” said Eglet, speaking on behalf of his 2,000-plus clients and dozens of legal firms and attorneys in at least 10 states who initially filed lawsuits and eventually joined the consolidated settlement.

“Everybody recognized there are no winners in long, drawn-out litigation with multiple trials where people and the community are reliving the event every time we try a case,” he told The Associated Press.

In a statement, MGM Resorts called the court filings “the next steps in the settlement process ... thereby bringing all parties closer to closure so the community can continue to heal.”

Millions of dollars could go to the most severely and permanently injured, Eglet said, depending on factors including age, number of dependents, type of injuries, previous and future medical treatment, and ability to work.

A minimum $5,000 would go to each person who filed a claim for unseen injuries and did not seek medical attention or therapy, he said.

Eglet said amounts disbursed will be determined by two administrators — retired Nevada Judge Jennifer Togliatti and retired California Judge Louis Meisinger — with help from the Virginia-based claims management legal firm BrownGreer.

“We’re hopeful it will be by the end of this year, but a lot could depend on appeals and how quickly and efficiently the administrators can finish their work. They’ve got a lot of work to do,” Eglet said.

This week’s court filings don't mention the gunman, Stephen Paddock, who killed himself as police closed in. Las Vegas police and the FBI determined the 64-year-old retired accountant and high-stakes poker player meticulously planned the attack and acted alone. They theorized he may have sought notoriety, but said they never determined a clear motive for the attack.

In various lawsuits, victims and families accused MGM Resorts of failing to protect people at the concert venue it owned or stop the shooter from amassing an arsenal of assault-style weapons and ammunition over several days before he opened fire.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Financial Services
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Charges, sanctions revive specter of Russian interference
The Trump administration has charged a Russian national in a sweeping plot to sow distrust in the American political process, And the government is imposing sanctions against a Ukrainian lawmaker accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential election in November
9:14PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Las Vegas shooting victims closer to getting $800M payout
More than 4,400 relatives and victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history could receive a total of $800 million in payouts from MGM Resorts International and its insurers by January
9:14PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Trump revels in packed Michigan crowd amid book fallout
Reeling from another crisis of his own making, President Donald Trump tried to refocus attention on his Democratic rival at a rally in battleground Michigan Thursday as he pushed to move past revelations that he purposefully played down the danger of the coronavirus last winter
9:10PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: New Orleans keeps tough virus rules, state eases
New Orleans will not follow the rest of Louisiana in easing up on public gathering restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus
7:55PM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump campaigns in battleground Michigan amid book fallout
President Donald Trump is trying to refocus attention on the economy as he holds a rally in battleground Michigan and tries to move past revelations that he was determined to play down the threat of the coronavirus last winter — even as he talked of the dangers in private
7:40PM ( 1 hour ago )
US will end current health screening of some travelers
The federal government is changing the way it screens travelers from China and certain other countries
7:00PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
The Latest: US officials to test blood thinners in patients
U.S. health officials have started two new studies to test various blood thinners to try to prevent strokes, heart attacks, blood clots and other complications in COVID-19 patients
3:59PM ( 5 hours ago )
The Latest: Louisiana to ease some coronavirus restrictions
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says he’ll ease public gathering restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus
3:16PM ( 6 hours ago )
Vaccine trial stopped after neurological symptoms detected
A drugmaker says it halted a coronavirus vaccine study because a woman who received the experimental shot developed severe neurological symptoms
1:53PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
Southern EU leaders urge Turkey to end "unilateral" actions
Leaders of seven southern European countries have urged Turkey to end “unilateral and illegal activities” in the eastern Mediterranean and resume dialogue to ease tensions in the region
3:56PM ( 5 hours ago )
US stocks swing from gains to losses as wild week continues
Stocks are moving broadly lower on Wall Street Thursday, as losses in technology and energy companies cut into some of the market’s solid gains from a day earlier
2:44PM ( 6 hours ago )
European Central Bank expects to use full extent of stimulus
The European Central Bank has left its key stimulus policies unchanged with plenty still in the pipeline to bolster the eurozone economy’s rebound from the severe coronavirus shutdowns
2:32PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
European Central Bank keeps stimulus policies on hold
The European Central Bank has left its key stimulus policies unchanged with almost a trillion euros still in the pipeline to bolster the eurozone’s rebound from the severe coronavirus shutdowns
7:57AM ( 13 hours ago )
Stocks rally in Europe, US trading closed for holiday
European stock markets have closed with strong gains after a more subdued day in Asia
12:07PM ( 3 days ago )
Stocks push higher in Europe, US trading closed for holiday
European stocks are up strongly after a mixed close in Asia
8:16AM ( 3 days ago )
AP Business - Financial Services
Charges, sanctions revive specter of Russian interference
The Trump administration has charged a Russian national in a sweeping plot to sow distrust in the American political process, And the government is imposing sanctions against a Ukrainian lawmaker accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential election in November
9:14PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Trump revels in packed Michigan crowd amid book fallout
Reeling from another crisis of his own making, President Donald Trump tried to refocus attention on his Democratic rival at a rally in battleground Michigan Thursday as he pushed to move past revelations that he purposefully played down the danger of the coronavirus last winter
9:10PM ( 18 minutes ago )
The Latest: Texans lead Chiefs 7-0 in NFL opener
David Johnson ran 19 yards for a touchdown to give the Houston Texans a 7-0 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs after the first quarter in the opening game of the NFL season
9:08PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Couple missing in California fire sought shelter in a pond
Grandparents who told their son they were going to try to escape a deadly fire by finding shelter in a pond are among those missing in a Northern California wildfire
8:50PM ( 38 minutes ago )
The Latest: Osaka, Brady go to 3rd set in US Open semifinal
Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady are going to a third set in the first women’s semifinal at the U.S. Open
8:49PM ( 39 minutes ago )