One of the Madden tourney shooting victims is suing EA

    
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If EA thought that setting up a victims fund for the gamers killed and wounded at the Jacksonville Madden esports tournament would shield it from litigation, it was wrong.

Over the weekend, multiple sites reported that at least one of the victims, Jacob Mitich, is suing the gaming giant. Mititch, who survived the attack, was shot twice by the assailant. Two players were killed during the horrifying event and nearly a dozen more total were shot.

Mititch’s complaint alleges that EA knew the venue in Jacksonville was unsafe and that the company “failed to provide a safe and secure environment” for its players.

EA supplied a short statement to Kotaku that didn’t directly address the lawsuit: “At this time, we are fully focused on supporting the victims and all those affected by this tragic event.”

Source: Kotaku

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Mewmew

Translation: “EA has a lot of money and I want some.”

Was EA responsible? The Mall was responsible for security. They supposedly know the area. I’ll admit the Mall failed. It’s really hard to prevent a nut intent on causing harm from doing so, but yes, the Mall failed big time.

I get that EA has a lot of money and they’re the ones people want to sue, but I’m unsure how responsible they are. They asked the Mall to handle security, the people in the area who supposedly knew the area and what to normally do.

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Malvious

Americans and their sue culture….

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Robert Mann

Most of the population here has no such culture. The lawyers, on the other hand, that often are the decision maker in ‘to sue or not to sue’ do.

Which is why we have over a decade of experts recommending a shift to having the losing lawyer cover the costs of the winner’s legal fees (alongside the stupid wealth of lawyers in our nation and the fact that the other people involved often could not so easily pay up) in order to mitigate the more ridiculous lawsuits. Not that we have done such a thing.

Why would we do such a thing, when the lawyers run the politics? *Them being the primary people there itself a quagmire of conflicted interests that nobody seems to talk about.*

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Sleepy

Beats their ‘shoot everyone when they get annoyed’ culture.

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Trippin Ninja

As an American who just got back from 2 weeks in Europe this was one of my biggest takeaways. It was quickly apparent that Europe does not have the same worries over lawsuits as we do in the US.

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Mewmew

You and your bend over and take it culture…

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ting

It happend in liberal “gun free zone” like 90% of the recorded mass-shootings, EA should be fine as with every citizen who observes the safe place sign at the door.

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Armsbend

Because people not wanting to hang out in a bar where people freely wear sidearms is a liberal thing.

If you want to be in a place where anyone with the muscle can wear a sidearm – go to Guatemala. You’ll commonly see guys sling iron on their side. It’s a lot of fun when you are eating breakfast and a nice fellow comes to shake down the owners and the patrons over their eggs. Let me tell you.

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Songs for Children

Kindly cite the source for that statistic.

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Slaasher

Well that would take the fun out of making up statistics.

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ting

Thought it was common knowledge sorry. here is your source. https://crimeresearch.org/2018/06/more-misleading-information-from-bloombergs-everytown-for-gun-safety-on-guns-analysis-of-recent-mass-shootings/

Also, before you mention bias, The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) is a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety; educating the public on the results of such research; and supporting other organizations, projects, and initiatives that are organized and operated for similar purposes. It has 501(C)(3) status, and does not accept donations from gun or ammunition makers or organizations such as the NRA or any other organizations involved in the gun control debate on either side of the issue. Nor do we accept donations from organizations involved in the debate over illegal immigration.

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Slaasher

This is becoming a treacherous slope we slide down.
What happens next? I have a birthday party at a bar and some nutjob comes in a shoots everyone and I get sued for not protecting my guests?
This was a tragic event but not something that EA should be sued over

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Robert Mann

Of course somebody is. Any time anything happens, no matter the response, lawsuits come out. *Sigh*

It is noteworthy that EA only sponsors these qualifiers, and does not directly run them. The security measures were the responsibility of the local company that was running this event. EA is ‘looking at security standards’ and all that, but the reality is they were only nominally involved as having the main event later in the year.

To add to the problem, no matter what actions were taken or not there would have not only remained a threat, but also potential outrage prior to any threat being acted upon. The status quo with this is entirely lose-lose for event organizers with regard to security, and that’s a problem that isn’t going to go away anytime soon.

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styopa

EA has the deepest pockets.
Look, I feel sorry for the guy but this isn’t EA’s fault in any way.

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Robert Mann

Yep. Exactly why he’s including them.

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A decent lawyer can create enough doubt to make it seem like EAs fault.