Cinemark, the company that owns the Aurora movie theater where 12 people were murdered and 70 people were wounded four years ago, has dropped a request for victims of the shooting to pay nearly $700,000 in legal costs after an unsuccessful lawsuit.
The move — along with several others this month — means that all the civil lawsuits against Cinemark as a result of the shooting are close to being resolved.
In a filing in state court Tuesday, Cinemark’s lawyers wrote that the company’s goal “has always been to resolve this matter fully and completely without an award of costs of any kind to any party.”
After the shooting, dozens of victims filed suit against Cinemark, alleging that security flaws at the Aurora theater helped enable the attack. The lawsuits were consolidated into two cases, one in state court and one in federal court, with different groups of victims as plaintiffs. Both cases were eventually decided in favor of Cinemark, which argued that the shooting was an unforeseeable tragedy.
Because the winning side in a civil lawsuit is allowed to recover its legal costs from the losing side, Cinemark initially asked that the victims in the state court case pay it nearly $700,000. The victims objected to the amount, and no final judge’s order on the costs was ever issued.
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SOURCE: Denver Post, John Ingold