Casino Held Liable for Injuries During Biker Shootout

Laughlin Harrahs, site of 2002 biker club shootout Associated Press Graphic

A civil jury has said that Harrahs Casino in Laughlin Nevada is liable for injuries suffered by patrons during the 2002 brawl between the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle clubs.

Las Vegas attorney Brent Bryson on Thursday told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper the same eight-person Clark County District Court jury that found for his clients late Wednesday has returned today to begin determining the dollar amount of damages.

"We obviously disagree with the finding of liability." said the lead defense attorney, James Olson.  Olson indicated the Casino may appeal.

"This wasn't going to be stopped," he said of the incident, in which he said Hell's Angels members stormed into the casino past two armed police officers.

One of the plaintiffs, Michael Bower, claimed in the lawsuit he was caught in the crossfire between the Hell's Angels and Mongols, with the bikers armed with guns, knives and other weapons. Bower said he dove off his gaming chair to seek cover and suffered a back injury as well as emotional trauma and flashbacks to combat during the Vietnam War.

(excerpted from the Las Vegas Sun News)

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  2. Sorry People, But if you’re going to have civilians with 1%er’s in your establishment you need to beef up your security and HARRAHS CASINO DIDN’T!! So pay up SUCKERS!! 😉

  3. Hmmm, lets see….. sue the two outlaw motorcycle clubs that will kill you ( thinking the shootout should be evidence enough for that) or… Sue the fat pocketed casino. Yeah not a tough decision there.

  4. That is just plain idiotic! These types of legal suits are responsible for escalating business owners insurance and increasing the sue everyone for everything mentality in this country. The fact that so many congressmen and senators are lawyers doesn’t help the situation. Toby Keith is right on with his “American Ride” song… “spill a cup of coffee, make a million dollars” … “gotta love this American Ride”!!!

  5. So some idiot jury has found a “big money” corporation responsible for the acts of people NOT under their control. REDICULOUS – the lawyer who filed this should be punished for impersonating an inteligent human being. Sue the 2 clubs who actually were responsible.

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