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Vegas victims’ lawyers criticize MGM legal maneuver

LAS VEGAS – Attorneys for a group of victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting fiercely criticized MGM Resorts International this week about the legal maneuver, looking to consolidate multiple lawsuits arising from the massacre.

The victims’ lawyers in court documents filed Tuesday say that the casino operator is acting with improper motives in looking at the cases combined in a dish. They also argue the company has not properly served the victims with the court documents.

MGM last month sued more than 1,900 victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern AMERICAN history in an attempt to avoid liability for the gunfire, from a lone shooter at the Mandalay Bay casino-resort. The company filed the lawsuits in eight states, and then asked a panel of federal judges to combine those cases and the others from the shooting.

The company claims in the lawsuits that it has “no liability whatsoever” to survivors or families of victims killed under a federal law after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The question is not to the victims for the money and has insisted it is all an attempt to avoid years of costly litigation.

The lawyers of the victims in the judicial dossier, characterizes the company as “objectionable.”

“It is an abuse of the courts, amounts to forum shopping, and is nothing more than the attempt to limit the victims’ access to justice,” they wrote in a court filing. They also say that none of the defendants in the indictments were served.

MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday called the accusations of inappropriate service “unfounded.” She said that the victims’ lawyers are well served with notice of the proceedings before the panel of judges.

“That is what is required by the rules,” she said.

The Judicial on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled oral arguments in the case for next month in San Francisco.

Congress created the panel of 50 years ago. Its responsibilities are to determine whether civil cases pending in the entire country are similar enough to be combined, and for the selection of a judge or judges to oversee them.

Consolidated cases may be associated with the plane crashes, train wrecks or hotel fires, or lawsuits relating to defective products.

The recording is performed by a high-stakes player in October in Las Vegas left 58 people died and more than 800 injured.

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