Federal judge merges lawsuits from Dark Knight Rises shooting

November 27, 2012 12:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This blog has previously reported on the business lawsuits that came from a shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater after James Holmes shot more than 60 people in the Aurora movie theater. Reuters reported today that a federal judge from Denver has consolidated seven separate lawsuits from victims and family members brought against Cinemark.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson also ordered that the first business lawsuit that can go to trial regarding the shooting will be on May 5, 2014 at the earliest. At the heart of the cases lay the security allegations against Texas-based Cinemark USA Inc.

Plaintiffs claim that the theater did not have adequate security measures in place since the gunman was able to enter the premise with a number of firearms. The assailant opened fire on moviegoers at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Cinemark attorney Kevin Taylor will not be able to make his defense fully, he says, until he receives footage from 16 security cameras present at the theater as well as the testimony of hundreds of people located at the crime scene.

The Denver Business Journal reported that the consolidation of the suits will not affect the ruling of a separate lawsuit filed on behalf of victims and relatives by the state court.

Security and information access vital in lawsuits implicating businesses

There are various security implications with a lawsuit of this kind. Quick and efficient access to data can provide companies with the upper hand when dealing with allegations. Also, businesses need to follow the law when it comes to security protocols. The regulations behind guards and security cameras, for example, may differ depending on the state one is located in.

A business attorney in Phoenix can help companies develop the necessary steps to take in following security laws within Arizona.

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