CO Civil Lawsuit Targets May Include Theater, Film Studio, Doctors and School


Civil lawsuits are inevitable in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings, and experts cite several possible targets, reports USA Today. After tragedies such as this one, “we want to have the assurance that there was someone to blame and if that person had just not screwed up … it would be OK to go to the theater,” says Bill Kowalski, senior litigator at a Boulder, Colo., law firm. He represented the Jefferson County School District in civil lawsuits filed after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings; cases against the district were dismissed.

In addition to accused killer James Holmes, lawsuits could name Cinemark Holdings Inc., which operates the Century Aurora 16 where the shooting took place; the University of Colorado-Denver, which accepted delivery of packages Holmes had ordered and on Monday found an unopened package sent by Holmes to a faculty member; Warner Bros., the studio that made the Batman movie that was showing the night of the shooting, and doctors who might have been treating Holmes for mental problems.

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