Skip to comments.James Holmes Massacre First Lawsuit (Man Sues Over "Dark Knight" Shooting)
Posted on 07/25/2012 9:56:27 PM PDT by Houmatt
One of the victims in the James Holmes mass murder spree has lawyered up and plans to file a lawsuit ... because he feels the theater dropped the ball in a very fatal way.
Torrence Brown, Jr. was in Century 16 Theater when Holmes let loose. One of Brown's best friends, A.J. Boik, was shot in the chest and died. Brown, who was not physically injured, claims to now suffer from extreme trauma.
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How did Holmes get through the emergency door?
Early reports were that someone answered a cell phone, then headed to the exit. After he sat down, the shooter came in the exit.
Sharks testing the waters. I very much doubt the actual plaintiff came up with this on his own. This is shark #1 of what will prove to be a large group. Warner will walk, it is a solid 1st amendment case and the film no more encourages a nut to shoot than any other in the land. The theatre for not having an alarmed emergency exit, unlikely. The doctor, maybe a little more likely. Only question is, why not also sue the shooter? He is notably absent from the list.
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Of course this is all ridiculous, but this guy could win the lawsuit.
Free money. Come and get it. Paging John Edwards...
“Only question is, why not also sue the shooter? He is notably absent from the list.”
And the answer is $$$, no money in it. As you already know.
If the door was not secure from the outside, they will lose. They might anyway.
The shooter has no money.
The failure to do that, however, means a likely failure of the lawsuit as a whole. All the other defendants will blame the shooter and it is virtually certain to be an open and shut case.
And Brown will probably claim that the only "medication" that will soothe his trauma is several million dollars.
It was probably secure but not alarmed.
As someone said it was probably breached from the inside.
Somebody apparently let the shooter in through it.
If one were to design a theater the emergency exits would be alarmed and turn on the theater lights. That would work in the event of fire or other problems.
Then you allow CC in the theater..and someone who uses the exit becomes a visible target.
I think suing the theater is a great idea if it is being done because it had a no firearms policy. Management put everyone at risk by depriving them of their 2nd amendment rights.
If all he’s bitching about is being traumatized, he can stick that up his ass.
I don’t consider it a farce. If the theatre is preventing people from protecting themselves, then it is the obligation of the theatre to assume the responsibility of protecting its patrons.
That is not a miscellaneous issue.
I once owned the largest physical film distribution center in the US (think warehouse of film between the studios and theaters - there's always a middle man). Such lawsuits are going to destroy the small mom/pop operations, if they still exist. I've been out of the industry since 1997 when bought out, so I could be wrong.
Still, the multitude of lawsuits that are coming will hurt many of the large cinema chains, which many theaters are franchisees of those chains. Again, I could be wrong. Just going by past experience and shipping the film cans all around SoCal, Arizona, and Hawaii for my district. If nothing else, the theaters will now start to look at security with associated costs. Don't be surprised if your ticket price increases.
I should probably do some homework to make a more informed statement, but I think little has changed. I'll get back on this.