Authorities said more than 22,000 people were attending an open-air music festival when a gunman firing military-style weapons from the 32nd floor windows of Mandalay Bay rained rapid-fire bullets on the river. crowd.
MGM Resorts, owner of the hotel and the concert hall, did not accept any responsibility in the regulations. It will pay US $ 49 million, while its insurance companies will pay US $ 751 million.
“We are grateful that this decision brings families, victims and the community closer to the closure,” the company said in a statement. He marked the anniversary of the event on October 1, 2017, calling it a “time of great sadness and reflection”.
Payments expected by the end of the year
Memorial ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday at several venues in Las Vegas, including a reading of the names of those killed starting at 10:05 p.m. – when the first shots rang out.
Attorney Robert Eglet, the plaintiffs’ attorney who spent a year organizing the settlement with clients, law firms and lawyers in at least 10 states, said the amounts to be disbursed would be determined by two judges at the retirement and he hopes the payments will begin by the end of the year.
“We will send order notices. After 30 days, the $ 800 million will be deposited, ”Eglet said.
Eglet previously said that everyone involved “recognizes that there are no winners in a long, drawn-out litigation with multiple lawsuits where people and the community relive the event every time we take a case. ”
A line-by-line list of victims, identified by their initials only, spans more than 170 pages of a 225-page civil lawsuit filed on September 9 seeking compensation and punitive damages from MGM Resorts. He accused the casino company of negligence, wrongful death and liability in the 2017 shooting.
Millions of dollars could go to the most serious and permanent injuries, Eglet said, depending on factors such as age, number of dependents, type of injuries, previous and future medical treatments and location. ability to work.
A minimum of US $ 5,000 would go to each person who filed a claim for invisible injuries.
Court documents in the case do not mention the shooter, Stephen Paddock, who committed suicide before police approached.
Las Vegas police and the FBI have determined that the 64-year-old retired accountant and high-stakes poker player meticulously planned the attack and acted alone. They theorized that he may have sought notoriety, but said they never determined a clear motive for the attack.