October 6, 2020
Numerous persons who were shot during the October 1, 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, families of persons who were killed, and others claiming non-physical injuries, previously filed lawsuits against MGM in Nevada state court. Those cases were consolidated into a single action, captioned Shepherd v. MGM, on September 9. A settlement was reached pursuant to which MGM and its insurers agreed to provide $800 million to establish a settlement fund. The settlement fund will be distributed among the various plaintiffs, depending on the severity of their damages by settlement administrators appointed by the court. During a hearing on September 30, 2020, the court approved the settlement as having been made in good faith.
In addition to the case against MGM, three other lawsuits were filed against other defendants arising from the same shooting. The Prescott v. Slide Fire case, was a proposed class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the bump stocks used in the shooting by persons who sustained only mental or emotional damages in the shooting. Plaintiffs in the Prescott case recently voluntarily dismissed that case with prejudice based on the settlement of the MGM case. Two other cases related to the shooting, which name the manufacturers and sellers of the rifles used by the shooter, remain pending.
If you have any questions concerning these cases or any firearms related litigation, please contact John F. Renzulli or Christopher Renzulli.