Sometimes when people play stupid games, they get stupid prizes. That applies to filing faulty lawsuits.
Survivors of the July 20, 2012 theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado filed a federal suit against Cinemark Theaters seeking damages from the company after a mentally disturbed social misfit opened fire on opening night of a Batman movie, killing 12 and injuring 70. They claimed the theater chain’s lax security led to the spree killing, but a federal judge, applying the rule of law, decided otherwise.
The judge’s ruling left the four remaining plaintiffs on the hook for Cinemark’s $700,000 in legal bills, thanks to a Colorado loser-pays provision. A last-minute proposed settlement of $160,000 from Cinemark got derailed when a greedy plaintiff wanted more green.
Now the plaintiffs have themselves a tidy bill for $700,000. Some might call it karma.
Of course, the mainstream media – no friends of The People of The Gun – are writing that the victims of the tragedy are now victims once again, completely ignoring their culpability for the creative legal strategy they attempted to used to get themselves a payday.
Those plaintiffs sought to hold a movie theater responsible for the murderous rampage of a mental misfit who brought his guns into a theater that was posted as a “gun-free” zone and went berserk.
Those patrons should have known that the theater was at increased risk of bad things happening thanks to their wrong-headed and risky policy prohibiting card-carrying good guys with guns. Those “no guns” signs act like a dinner bell to lunatics, violent criminals and terrorists – just like the wack-o who opened fire in the theater in July of 2012.
Here’s the LA Times’ version of the story, featuring heartstring tugging and all:
Aurora massacre survivors sued. How did 4 end up owing the theater $700K?
DENVER — They had survived brain damage, paralysis and the deaths of their children. For four years, they met in secret as a group. Now, they were finally prepared to settle with the Aurora movie theater that became the site of one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history.
Marcus Weaver kept a calm facade, but writhed with anxiety within. His dreams often return him to the theater, the sounds of gunshots and the feeling of his friend’s lifeless body slumped against him. After he escaped, he found a bullet hole in his shoulder.
On a conference call, the federal judge overseeing the case told the plaintiffs’ attorneys that he was prepared to rule in the theater chain’s favor. He urged the plaintiffs to settle with Cinemark, owner of the Century Aurora 16 multiplex where the July 20, 2012, shooting occurred. They had 24 hours.
But before that deadline, the settlement would collapse and four survivors of the massacre would be ordered to pay the theater chain more than $700,000.