Judge Awards Las Vegas Shooting Victims $800M Mass Settlement
On Wednesday, a judge awarded a mass settlement to more than 4,000 victims and relatives of the mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas in 2017.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Clark County District Court Judge Linda Bell ordered MGM Resorts International and its insurers to pay out $800 million in damages to 4,400 people involved in the shooting, which took 58 lives during an open-air country music concert below the hotel on Oct. 1, 2017.
Mandalay Bay and the concert venue are owned by MGM Resorts, which accepted no liability for the shooting, and will pay $45 million of the $800 million awarded. Insurers of the global hospitality and entertainment company will foot the rest of the bill.
Attorney Robert Eglet, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, said two retired judges will look over the issuance of checks to the victims and relatives, which he said will begin by the end of 2020.
MGM Resorts said it was “grateful” for Bell’s ruling, and that the decision would hopefully bring “the community closer to closure.”
“It is especially meaningful that the decision comes one day before the third anniversary of the incident, a time of great sadness and reflection,” read the statement.
The FBI concluded its year-long investigation into the massacre and motives of the shooter, who was killed on the scene. Sadly, the investigation found no conclusive motive for the shooter’s actions.
This decision will hopefully offer some sense of closure and some justice for the victims of the horrific massacre.