A lawsuit was filed Tuesday, just a few days after the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States, blaming the theater, the doctors of James Holmes, and the film studio Warner Bros. Torrence Brown, Jr. was in Century 16 Theater when James Holmes started his killing spree. Brown was not injured although one of his best friends, A.J. Boik, was fatally shot in the chest. Brown claims to be suffering from extreme trauma.
Brown’s attorney, Donald Karpel, told TMZ that the theater was negligent. The emergency exit door in the front had no alarm and was not guarded. Many believe that Holmes purchased a ticket, entered the theater, propped open the emergency exit from the inside, and then went to his car and returned with four guns.
Karpel also stated that Holmes was on several medications prescribed by numerous doctors. These doctors should have been monitoring Holmes more closely. Torrence Brown believes these doctors should be held liable for the actions of their patient.
Lastly, Karpel claims that the movie “Dark Knight Rises” was a particularly violent movie and that Holmes attempted to mimic some of the actions. The attorney claims those watching the movie were helpless at first because they thought the shooter was part of the movie. Karpel stated, “Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today.”
Tom Russell, a University of Denver law professor and practicing attorney, told the San Francisco Gate that the lawsuits will be difficult to win because Holmes did not work for the theater. Bob Schutze, an attorney who represented the family of an injured Columbine student, tells a different story.
“It is somewhat questionable how he was able to leave the movie theater out the rear exit, prop it open and return as much as 15 minutes later armed in full battle gear without some alarm going off and someone checking that back door,” Schuetze, of the law firm Schuetze & Gordon LLP, told the SF Gate. “Families of victims and those injured need to consider whether it’s worthwhile to sue,” he said.
“Lawsuits are very difficult and the prospect of recovery is going to be a very difficult process,” Schuetze said. “The injured are facing tremendous amounts of medical bills and potentially long-term disability and financial losses. They have to consider whether it’s worthwhile.”
The lawsuit against Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros. seems to have less merit according to Robert Rabin, a professor at Stanford Law School. He stated the constitutional right to freedom of expression protects the company. “Even putting aside the constitutional arguments, to link somehow this movie with his motivation for his act, there’s just no case there,” Rabin said. Warner has made an unspecified donation to aid the surviving victims and families of those who died in the shooting.
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