Criminal Lawyer Dissects the Vegas Hotel Lawsuit

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Many people were stunned to hear that MGM Resorts would be suing the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, opened fire into a crowd of concertgoers from the Mandalay Bay hotel, which is owned by MGM Resorts. 58 people died as a result of the shooting with 851 additional people injured.

Victims and families of the victims are suing MGM Resorts stating the hotel did not have adequate security and allowed this to happen. MGM responded by suing back. Toronto criminal lawyer Ed Prutschi discussed this tactic, stating it’s not unusual. While the headlines are alarming, the hotel is not suing the victims for money. Rather, they are filing a suit so that they can control which court the trial will take place in.

Prutschi says the case will come down to whether the hotel upheld a reasonable standard of care similar to other hotels.

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I am one of the senior partners at Bytensky Shikhman, a criminal litigation firm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In my 25+ year career, I have conducted numerous trials and appeals before all levels of Court in Ontario, defending just about every type of charge in our criminal law. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School and currently the Treasurer of the Criminal Lawyers' Association of Ontario. I am also an Adjunct Professor for Trial Advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and a regular lecturer and placement supervisor for Osgoode's Intensive Programme in Criminal Law.

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