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MGM Resorts sues insurance company in connection with Las Vegas mass shooting

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 23, 2019
More than 4,000 people are seeking damages from MGM Resorts International related to the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that left 58 people dead.
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Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts alleges breach-of-contract and accuses Illinois-based Zurich American Insurance Co. of failing to pay defense costs for damage claims stemming from the 2017 shooting, the casino giant said in a lawsuit.

MGM Resorts owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, where the shooter opened fire from a 32nd-floor window, and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue where country music concert-goers died and more than 850 people were injured.

Company spokesman Brian Ahern told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas is about legal costs, not about coverage for a potential settlement with victims.

MGM Resorts has been in mediation with plaintiffs, hoping to avoid years of litigation in civil lawsuits in Nevada, California and five other states alleging that negligence led to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“MGM is aware of in excess of 4,000 claimants who are seeking compensation from MGM for their claims arising out of the (shooting),” the Zurich American lawsuit said. “MGM disputes any liability arising out of the event.”

The company tallies defense costs left unpaid by the insurer in the “many millions of dollars.”