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Las Vegas mass shooting civil case heading toward mediation

LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International, the owners of the Mandalay Bay Hotel where gunman Stephen Paddock fired down into the Route 91 Harvest music festival from his 32nd floor suite, killing 58 and wounding over 400, will be seeking mediation with attorneys for victims of the October 1 Las Vegas massacre.

MGMRI released this statement last week:

“From the onset of this litigation, our goal has been to resolve these matters fairly and promptly. After several weeks of discussions, MGM and the plaintiffs’ attorneys have agreed to stay the currently pending litigation in order to enter into mediation in an attempt to resolve claims related to October 1. This agreement requests that the Courts suspend all pending motions.

While we continue to believe ultimately courts would find in MGM’s favor, we hope that entering into mediation will allow the parties to work together toward a fair and timely resolution. Years of protracted litigation is in no one’s best interest. We look forward to continuing discussions and hope for a positive resolution so the victims, first responders and the entire community can look forward to the future and continue on the path toward healing.”

On October 19, Catherine Lombardo, one of several attorneys representing victims of the massacre said on her Facebook page, “Some good news learned today – Mandalay Bay DID have insurance coverage for terrorist/active shooter event. So there you go. It took over a year to obtain this information. But we finally secured it. They tried to hide.”

In July MGMRI filed lawsuits against 1,000 massacre victims in an attempt to block any compensation claims against the corporation.

If mediation proceeds successfully, then the legal discovery process in which all evidence and records including all the hotel surveillance video in the possession of MGMRI reference the October 1 massacre, that normally would be requested through subpoenas, would not occur.

That would also mean MGMRI executives and Mandalay Bay security personnel would not be facing scrutiny under oath during depositions.

The amount of the terrorist/active shooter insurance policy covering the Mandalay Bay could very well be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

 


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Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.
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