MGM moves forward to mediate lawsuits with 1 October victims

LAS VEGAS -- MGM Resorts wants to mediate all lawsuits involving victims of the 1 October shooting, and avoid having any of them go to court, according to Debra DeShong, spokesperson for MGM.

There are at least 13 lawsuits pending against MGM in eight states, according to a U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The lawsuits involve victims and family members involved in the shooting.

"After several weeks of discussions, MGM and the plaintiffs' attorneys have agreed to stay the currently pending litigation in order to enter into mediation in an attempt to resolve claims related to October 1," DeShong said in a statement.

"While we continue to believe ultimately courts would find in MGM's favor, we hope that entering into mediation will allow the parties to work together toward a fair and timely resolution," DeShong said. "Years of protracted litigation is no one's best interest."

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