On October 1, 2017, a man opened fire from the 32nd floor of MGM Resorts’ Mandalay Bay on 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. The attack, which killed 60 people and wounded 411, remains the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in modern U.S. history.
On the eve of the shooting’s third anniversary, Clark County District Court Judge Linda Bell approved an $800 million settlement with MGM Resorts to more than 4,400 families and victims who say MGM failed to protect them and stop the shooter from amassing weapons and ammunition in his hotel room before the attack. MGM acknowledged no liability for the incident but will pay $49 million to the plaintiffs, and its insurers will pay $751 million. Judge Bell cited “near-unanimous participation in the settlement among potential claimants” in her order.
Congratulations to the Plaintiffs’ 1 October Litigation Leadership Group, who worked for years on obtaining this monumental victory for the thousands impacted by the Route 91 festival shooting. The case was led by Kevin Boyle of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie Inc., and Robert Eglet of Eglet Adams, who serve as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in the case. While nothing will take back the devastation caused by this egregious crime and the loss of the shooting victims, this settlement will hopefully bring some sense of justice.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).