Judge Orders Aurora Theater Shooting Victims To Pay 700k
Judge Orders Aurora Theater Massacre Victims To Pay 700k
A judge has ordered victims of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting to pay Cinemark Theaters $700,000 after they lost a lawsuit against the company.
It has been four years since the Aurora theater shooting took place during the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a Colorado theater. James Holmes, AKA Sideshow Bob, murdered 12 people and left more than 70 others injured that night.
A group of survivors filed a lawsuit against Cinemark Theaters arguing that the company did not have strong enough security measures in place, which ultimately allowed James Holmes to enter the theater dressed in a trench coat armed to the teeth. They lost the lawsuit and now a judge has ordered the Aurora shooting victims to pay back $700,000 in legal fees.
Cinemark’s lawyers stated that they spent $500,000 on experts to testify alone. The final $200,000 was spent on preserving evidence, records, travel and other expenses.
During the trial, Cinemark did offer a settlement which the judge encouraged the victims to take. The judge even issued a warning to the victims stating that if they lost, they would have to pay a substantial amount back to Cinemark in legal fees. One of the victims, Marcus Weaver, who was shot in the shoulder, called that settlement a “slap in the face.” The settlement would have been divided between 41 victims.
Originally, they agreed to a $150,000 settlement, but one victim who lost two children (one unborn) and ended up paralyzed during the horrific event, refused.
Marcus Weaver believes that if they had won, theaters across the nation would be safer. “Theaters aren’t any safer,” Weaver said. “It’s almost like everything was for naught.”
These families were torn apart that night by a deranged individual. They lost mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, and children. Some were left paralyzed and others brain-dead. The PTSD and emotional toll on the victims is also significant.
This lawsuit was destined to fail from the start. The theater chain clearly had no responsibility for the horrific actions of Sideshow Bob. Suing the locations where shootings happen makes about as much sense as suing firearm manufacturers for creating the guns used in the shootings. By pressing a baseless lawsuit, these shooting victims forced the company to spend hundreds of thousand of dollars defending itself.
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