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MGM sues Vegas shooting victims to avoid liability. We discuss the legal grounds and backlash




After the marquees on the Las Vegas Strip went dark for 11 minutes, a tribute message for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival is displayed on the marquee of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After the marquees on the Las Vegas Strip went dark for 11 minutes, a tribute message for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival is displayed on the marquee of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.

The company argues in lawsuits filed in Nevada, California, New York and other states this week and last that it has "no liability of any kind" to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The lawsuits target victims who have sued the company and voluntarily dismissed their claims or have threatened to sue after a gunman shattered the windows of his Mandalay Bay suite and fired on a crowd gathered below for a country music festival.

High-stakes gambler Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more last year before killing himself. Victims with active lawsuits against MGM don't face the company's legal claim.

AirTalk reached out to MGM Resorts for comment but as of the airing of this segment, they had not responded to us.

With files from the Associated Press.

With guest host Libby Denkmann.

Guests:

John Bacon, reporter for USA Today, who has been covering the lawsuit filed by MGM Resorts International against victims of the Las Vegas shooting

Carl Tobias, professor of constitutional law at the University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia, whose specialties include torts and products liability