Attorneys to remove Paddock’s estate from lawsuits to move forward with pending litigation

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Local and out of state attorneys representing 1 October victims are meeting to discuss how to move forward with pending litigation.

Most attorneys believe it’s in the best interest of their clients to remove the estate of Stephen Paddock from their lawsuits.

Attorneys representing 1 October victims are also keeping a close eye on other litigation related to the mass shooting because it could change how they proceed in court.

“It explains why they’re keeping an eye on other 1 October lawsuits,” Michelle Tuegel, attorney.

Tuegel is an attorney based out of Texas with a long list of 1 October clients.  She and a group of other lawyers suing MGM Resorts and Live Entertainment have decided to remove the estate of gunman Stephen Paddock, from their lawsuits.

“We believe that by getting all of the clients or rather attorneys to agree to not sue the estate individually, it protects the total value and will allow for larger disbursements from the estate later on,” Tuegel said.

In a separate probate case, a judge assigned a local accountant to do an inventory of Paddock’s assets.  An attorney in charge says he has two homes worth approximately one million dollars.

The rest, if any, is unknown.  However, all of it is expected to go to the victims after the sole heir, Paddock’s mother waives her rights to the estate.

“Paddock’s family did not have to turn over their rights, and it’s making it easier in a sense,” Tuegel said. 

In another lawsuit, news outlets are suing Metro Police over the release of all evidence related to the 1 October investigation.

“There’s a complete lack of transparency,” said Brian Claypool, an attorney working in the litigation, and survivor of the 1 October shooting. “I’m still wearing my wristband. I was at the concert.”

Claypool is monitoring the court proceedings, in the case, waiting for the police department to release the evidence as instructed by a judge.

“It’s a matter of public safety,” Claypool said.

So what’s the hold-up? 

A disagreement on the cost to prepare and turn over the records.  However, a judge is expected to rule on the matter Friday.

“Our clients want answers,” Tuegel said.

The attorneys 8 News NOW spoke with are also waiting to learn how the funds from Paddock’s estate will be disbursed, along with who exactly will benefit from them.
     

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