MGM Resorts CEO clarifies 1 Oct. litigation in leaked memo

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A leaked memo from MGM Resorts International is providing a look at what CEO Jim Murren has to say about litigation over the 1 October shooting.

Earlier this month, the company filed a lawsuit against the victims of the shooting. Now, Murren is setting the record straight.

The letter from Murren to MGM Resorts employees, which 8 News Now received from Vital Vegas, addresses recent backlash over the legal action.

MGM Resorts filed nine lawsuits in eight states to try and establish that the company isn’t liable for what happened during the 1 October tragedy and to move any cases related to the mass shooting to US District Court.

In the leaked internal memo, Murren apologized to company employees about how things were handled.

“I know the way things have been portrayed has left many feeling confused, hurt and disappointed. I am sorry for that and I am grateful to have this opportunity to clarify,” Murren wrote.

He stated the company is not suing victims for damages or monetary payment in any way. He explained that more than 2,500 people have filed or threatened to file claims against MGM Resorts across multiple courts in multiple states.

Murren wrote, if things move forward all involved would, “face the need to testify over and over again, traveling throughout various courtrooms across the US in trial after trial. That scenario would place an unnecessary and painful burden on all of those affected.”

READ: Jim Murren’s letter to employees

He added that bringing all the cases in front of a federal court will, “provide an opportunity for closure in a swift and fair manner.”

8 News Now reached out to MGM Resorts for comment about the memo. They confirmed it’s authentic but said they have nothing else to add.

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