Experts say lawsuits against businesses in Colorado shooting may fail

July 27, 2012 3:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As previously reported in this blog, Torrence Brown, Jr. has sued the Century 16 Aurora movie theater and Warner Bros. Studios after the "Dark Knight Rises" shooting that occured in the Colorado theater.
However, Joel Rosenblatt and Sophia Pearson wrote an article for Bloomberg that discusses the difficulties the victims will face while trying to win these type of civil lawsuits. Law professors and experts state that the only part that may be questioned is the safety and security procedures instituted at the Aurora movie theater, according to the reporters.

"In any instance where the crime is so beyond the typical bounds of criminal behavior like this one was, it becomes more difficult to bring the suit," Tom Russell, a University of Denver law professor, told the news source. "This is really a random kind of event for which I wouldn’t expect the business to have any kind of tort liability."

Russell went on to mention that this crime was difficult to predict because Holmes wasn't an employee of the theater nor did he have any connection to Warner Bros.

However, another attorney interviewed by the Bloomberg reporters mentioned that it is strange that Holmes was able to prop open the back door and move in through the rear exit with heavy artillery without any alarm going off or security guard noticing.

Moviegoers will need to be careful as the Colorado theater is allegedly not the only one to have a gunman on its premises. The Week reported that a man from Maine was arrested on Sunday who attended "The Dark Knight Rises" with a loaded gun in his possession.

Businesses will need legal protection, as consumers may accuse a company of being liable for events as tragic as the Colorado shooting. Arizona businesses should partner with Phoenix business lawyers to ensure liability and asset protection.

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