Recently, three survivors of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo. filed a lawsuit against Cinemark, the owner of the theater, for failing to take security precautions against violent threats. James Holmes, the lead suspect, has been charged with murdering 12 people and attempting to murder 58 others during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. Cinemark has responded to the lawsuit by filing a motion to dismiss it.
“It would be patently unfair, and legally unsound, to impose on Cinemark, a private business in the entertainment industry, the duty and burden to have foreseen and prevented the criminal equivalent of a meteor falling from the sky,” the motion read.
The accusers claim that Cinemark should have prepared for a possible incident by hiring extra security. They claim the theater has done so in the past, and with a history of assaults taking place at the theater, it would have made sense to hire security for the premiere of a widely anticipated movie. The theater says there was no way it could have prepared for such an event, and that extra security might not have prevented the massacre.
Premises liability law states that property owners who invite guests onto their property have a duty to protect those guests. If you sustained injuries on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence, you might be able to seek justice against them. Contact our offices today at (866) 377-3800.
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