Update: After a drawn-out legal battle between the United States' third largest movie theater chain, Cinemark, and four mass shooting survivors in Aurora, Colorado, Cinemark finally dropped the case.
Deadline reported that on Tuesday, four years after a mass shooting took place at Aurora Century 16 multiplex, Cinemark will no longer hold the four plaintiffs accountable to pay $700,000 in legal fees.
Previously, the plaintiffs maintained that security was too lax, but Cinemark's lawyers had defended the Aurora chain by explaining that it was impossible to prevent such an extreme tragedy.
After agreeing to drop the appeal, Cinemark's attorneys issued a statement Tuesday: "the case can now be deemed completely over."
Update: The federal judge for the Aurora massacre shooting case has ruled that the remaining four survivors need to pay the $700,000 in legal fees to Cinemark, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Court documents stated that Cinemark needs the legal money from the survivors in order to pay for records, evidence, travel, and other expenses, the New York Daily News reports.
Cinemark, the movie theater chain that owns the cineplex in which the 2012 Aurora shooting occurred, is reportedly billing the victims who survived almost $700,000.
Following the horrific 2012 shooting at the theater, more than a dozen survivors sued Cinemark for negligence that led to the shooting—specifically, a lack of armed security and “gaps in security camera coverage.”
In May, courts ruled in favor of Cinemark and declared the chain was not liable for the shooting. In civil cases in Colorado, the winning side is permitted to bill the losing party for litigation fees, which in this circumstance amounted to $699,187.13
Lawyers for the victims are reportedly filing appeals on the verdict; however, according to the Denver Post, if they decide to drop the appeals, the winning faction will often also drop the bill for litigation costs.
A judge also has to officially approve the amount that Cinemark is requesting.
Nothing is monetarily set in stone with this case, but it is dreadful for Cinemark from a PR perspective—it appears terrible to be billing the victims of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
The amount of public backlash Cinemark will likely receive from this development will hopefully cause them to reconsider.
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