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Las Vegas Massacre Survivor Sick to Her Stomach Over MGM's Lawsuit

Las Vegas Massacre Survivor Sick to Her Stomach Over MGM's Lawsuit
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By    |   Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:22 AM EDT

A lawsuit by MGM Resorts against survivors of the Las Vegas concert shooting makes her feel sick to her stomach, Lisa Fine, co-founder of Route 91 Strong, a group for survivors of the shooting, told CBS News on Wednesday

"It feels like bullets flying at my head right now," said Fine, whose physical injuries have healed but not her emotional and psychological wounds.

"This has actually triggered PTSD for a lot of the victims," said attorney Brian Claypool, who represents more than 75 survivors and himself survived the massacre.

Claypool told USA Today the lawsuit is a "a stunt" that won't survive a court challenge and that “It’s shifting responsibility and minimizing their blatant negligence."

Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds of others injured last October in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

In filing its lawsuit against the survivors, MGM cited a 2002 federal act that extends liability protection to any company that uses "anti-terrorism" technology or services that can "help prevent and respond to mass violence," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Based on that law, MGM argues that it cannot be held liable for any deaths, injuries or damage during the shooting incident and that any claims against the company "must be dismissed."

The company said more than 2,500 people have already sued or threatened to sue them over the shooting.

CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman said MGM may have made a smart legal move but questions the optics.

"If you make the public think that you're suing people, or their families who are dead or seriously injured, to me that's a PR disaster," Klieman said.

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