Foreseeability, Liability & Your Company


Recently, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and its parent company MGM Resorts International were the recipients of several lawsuits in response to the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas - which killed 58 people and injured hundreds. These lawsuits, the largest of which was filed for 450 victims, seek to hold MGM liable after it was discovered that the gunman stayed at Mandalay Bay Resort and brought at least 10 boxes filled with weapons into his room.

This tragedy posed the questions: How could this have been avoided? Is a hotel liable for the actions of its guests? Who is liable in this case or in any case that involves people and companies?

The mass shooting unfortunately brings to light the absolute necessity of foreseeability. Business Insider reports that, “Plaintiffs argue that staff members should have been better trained to spot red flags with [the gunman].” Meaning, employees should be trained to report or discover malicious intent of individuals before they act.

Dick Hudak, a managing partner of Resort Security Consulting says, "Foreseeability is one of the key components of liability.”

With foreseeability, companies can accurately prepare for worst-case scenarios through employee training, technological improvements to systems, and updates to legal paperwork. Active shooter training and threat assessments are critically important, especially to companies that host thousands of people.

Third party companies can help secure the safety of employees, management, security teams and patrons through reviewing and upgrading current strategies. This can be achieved through implementing enhanced tactics such as security process and plan reviewal and Workplace Violence (WPV)/Active Shooter training.

The Falcon Consulting Group (Falcon) has developed an effective WPV/Active Shooter training program which is tailored to meet the specific needs of the client. If you have questions or would like additional information on Falcon’s patent pending training program, please contact us at or 800-636-4870