Aurora theater shooting: New lawsuit charges Century 16 owner Cinemark with negligence
Last month, three survivors of the Aurora theater shooting filed lawsuits against Cinemark, owner of the Century 16, where the July 20 massacre took place. Cinemark has filed to dismiss these claims -- but another has just arrived. Marc Bern, whose New York law firm has won a big settlement on behalf of 9/11 first responders, is suing on behalf of several high-profile survivors who feel Cinemark is guilty of negligence. Details and multiple documents below.
The plaintiffs in the suit, filed in Arapahoe County District Court (as opposed to U.S. District Court, where the other complaints now reside), include a number of people you've met in this space. Among them are Farrah Soudani, who got an assist from theCHIVE.com to help defray enormous medical costs associated with the serious injuries she sustained, and Yousef Gharbi, a teenager shot in the head during the assault.
Farrah Soudani in a photo supplied by theCHIVE.com.
Another plaintiff is Mike White, Sr., who was at the theater with his son, Mike White, Jr., during the fateful screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The elder White wasn't physically injured, but his namesake suffered severe wounds.
As we've reported, the two previous suits -- the first jointly filed by Denise Traynom and Brandon Axelrod, the other by Joshua Nowlan, all of whom sustained injuries in the attack -- argue that because of past incidents at the Century 16, including "at least one shooting, involving gang members," plus assaults and robberies, the theater should have had security personnel on hand for the Dark Knight's midnight premiere. The complaints also take Cinemark to task for failing to have alarms that would have alerted employees after Holmes allegedly blocked open the exit door in order to arm himself.
Similar themes are struck in the new suit, which arrives under the auspices of Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik & Associates, LLP, a firm that secured an $816.5 million settlement in the aforementioned 9/11-related matter. The "General Allegations" section maintains that the Century 16 "posed an unreasonably dangerous risk to paying customers such as Plaintiffs because Defendants had failed to ensure that the subject premises were safe and secure for its paying customers and were free of the violent crime and the risk of violent crime."
Continue to read more about the suit, as well as to see a video of the news conference and the complete documents.