US SAFETY Act Examined Amid Vegas Shooting Lawsuit

By: Dan Gelinas, Published on Jul 25, 2018

Creating an international controversy, MGM Resorts has sued shooting victims, despite or perhaps because the Las Vegas gunman used the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay to kill 58 people.

Unsurprisingly, this has engendered significant opposition and mockery:

However, MGM is using the US SAFETY Act of 2002 as a defense in their complaint. But what is the SAFETY Act and how does it apply to security users? In this note, we examine:

  • What does it take to become SAFETY Act certified?
  • How do the levels of certification differ?
  • What protection does it apply?
  • What security system manufacturers are certified?
  • Should buyers look to SAFETY Act certification as an important differentiator?

What ** ** *** **** **** ** ****?

*** ****** *** **** out ** * ****-*/** need *** ********** *** for ******** ****-****** *** security ********** ***** ******** without **** ** **********. Basically, *** ********** **** not **** ********* *** manufacture ************ *** **** up **** ********, ********** and ********* ** *** innovate *** *********** **** lives ******* **** *** afraid ** ***** **** if ***** ********** ** ********* to **** ** *** face ** * ********* act. 

***** ***** ** ** fee ** ****** ****** Act *********, ** ******** submitting ** *********** (*** **** *****), ***** ******** *** requests *** *********** **** the Office ** ****** *** Implementation (****) *** ******* insurance coverage *** *** ****-********* technology (****** ******* ** the **** ** ****** of ********* *** *** listed ** *** *****).

How ** *** ****** ** ************* ******?

***** ******** ********* ******** ******* *** *** SAFETY ***, **** ******* to ******, ***, **** and *****:

  • *** ** *** ********* technologies. *** ******** *** same ********** ** ********* but **** ****** *** seller *** ******** ** *** supply ***** ** *** ********* technology **** ** ******* the********** ********** *******. **** ***** **** ** long ** *** ******** explained *** ***** ** the government **** *** ********** ****'* ***** of, *** *** ****** was, **** *** ****** ***'* ** sued.
  • **** ** *** ********** status. **** ** *** lower **** **** ******* on * ************ ********* technology *** **** ****** of ********* **** *** Green **&* ***** *******. A ******* ******* ** be ****** *** *** first **** **** ******* Designation ****** ****** ******** Certified.
  • ***** ********* ************* *** Testing ********** ***********. ** is * *********** *** a ********** **** ** not ************ ********* ***, but ***** *******. ** may ** ******** ** beta ******* ** ** agency *** **** ************ used ****** * ********* event. *** **&* *********** limits ********* ** **** which ** ***** ** the ********* *** ********** seller ** ******** ** DHS ** *****.

********* ** *** ******** Bar ***********, ***** ** ********** over ******* ** *** this ********** ******* *** be ******** ** ***-********, non-governmental *****.

What Security Industry ********* *** ******?

*** ***** **** ** has ******** ****** *** ***** 1,000th ****** *** *******. The****** *** ******** ************ database***** *** ** ******. However, *** ********* ** IPVM **** **** ********* who *** ******** ****** to *** ******* ***** status ********.

********* *** **** ** the ********-********-******* ******** **** found:

  • ****
  • *****, ***.
  • ********
  • ***** *******, ***.
  • ******* ***.
  • ********* ************* (******* ********)
  • ***** ******* ***.
  • ****** *****, ***.
  • ******* ********** *********, *** 
  • ***** ******* *************, ***.
  • ****
  • ******** *******, ***.
  • ****é*** ***. *** ******** LLC
  • ******** ********** ********
  • ****** *********, ***.
  • **** ********** ******** *** and **** ********** **** & ******** ******, ***. 
  • ****** (****** ****** *** expired ********* ** *** SAFETY *** *******).
  • *** **** ****...

*** ******** *** *** **** *** a ******** **** **********, but ************* **** *** methods ** ********, ********* dictating response, ********** *** ********** security ******, ***. *** example:

*** ********** ** *** ****** *** Website:

Should ****** **** ** ****** *** ******* ** * **************? 

******** ** ********* **** **** ** make ** **** *** technology ********* ** ******** and ******* ********* **** more ***** ******* *** threat ** **********. ** solution ********* *** ********* about *** ********** ** a ********* *** ********* within *** ** ***** verticals, **** ******** *********** and **** ************* *** make *****. *** ********* protection ******* ** ******** in *** ****** ***** of *** ****** **********. 

*** *** **** ** putting **** ** *** test.

Is *** ***** ** *** *** *******?

***'* **** ******* ** ************ ******** ***********, *** ******* ***** to ******* ******** *** the ***** ** ******* Festival, * ****** ***-********* company, ****** ******* ** ***** complaint:

 

**** ** ** **** carry**** ********** *** ********* listings:

*** ****** ** ***** under *** ********** ********** Defense:

Dispute ************* ** ****** *** ** **** *****

*******,***** ** * ************ ******* *** ********** Contractor ******* ********** *** be ******** ** * non-military, ***-************ *******:

***** ** **** **** dispute ********* ******* ** not *** ***** ** Harvest ******** ******** **** qualifies *** *** ********** under *** ****** ***, since,********* ** ***, **** **** *** ******* whether ** *** *** mass ******** *** ** act ** *********:

*******, ** ********* *** ** ***** complaint, ***'**** ******** ******* *********** * *** **** leaves ****** ***** **** Vegas **** ******** ********* as *********.

******* ***' ********* **********:

*******, ** *** ***** hand, **** ** **** does ******* ** *********, that *** ******** *** done **** *** ******** Bay ****** *** *** the ********, ***** **** that *** *** ** not ********* ** *** SAFETY *** ************* ** CSC *** *** ******* *** the ******** *** *** the ******.

Outlook ****** ***

*** ******* ** **** case ***** **** * notable ****** ** *** the ****** *** *** be *******. *********, ** is ******* ********* ** a ** ********** ******* that ***** ** ** use ** **** ******** companies.

Comments (8)

Thank you for this analysis. I tend to look at this from a higher level - even if it is LEGALLY responsible for MGM Resorts to launch this lawsuit, it could have wider BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS. (Or it may not; I'm not sure how many Vegas vacationers will use this as a criterion to decide where they will stay.)

At least from a marketing perspective, it's a terrible move. I do wonder what coordination or consideration was given to that when filing the suit.

This may be an unpopular tactic, but the lawyers for MGM are doing their jobs - limiting their clients potential exposure to fault using existing statutes that are on the books.

To do anything less could be considered dereliction of duty on their part.

The problem here, as Dan points out in the OP, is that the existing statutes claimed as a defense are pretty ambiguous and completely untested in court.

My personal opinion is that plaintiffs will get next to nothing - even without SAFETY ACT protections. 

Ultimately the company makes the decision on what the lawyers should do - sue or not.

It may be worth it. It's a function of how much they believe they will lose x the probability they succeed with the case - the brand damage of the suit.

"Ultimately the company makes the decision on what the lawyers should do - sue or not."

I agree, but, as you mentioned, this move is entirely based on potential loss of $$.

While the move could face potential backlash and hurt their brand financially, the exposure risk to thousands of lawsuits from victims appears to have been determined to be an even greater financial risk.

Great article, Dan.

Thank you, Jeff!

I think the main thrust of folks suing MGM is that they let this guy bring suitcase after suitcase into his room and nobody ever questioned it. I'd bet the plaintiff's lawyers will move to have the SAFETY act defense declared irrelevant.

Read this IPVM report for free.

This article is part of IPVM's 6,536 reports, 881 tests and is only available to members. To get a one-time preview of our work, enter your work email to access the full article.

Already a member? Login here | Join now

Related Reports

Uniview Deep Learning Camera Tested on Jul 14, 2020
Uniview's intrusion analytics have performed poorly in our shootouts. Now,...
Gait Recognition Examined on Sep 14, 2020
Facial recognition faces increasing ethical and political criticisms while...
Face Shields Impact On Temperature Measurement And Mask Detection on Jul 27, 2020
First, the use of face masks, and now, plastic face shields are rising...
Dahua Taunts Australian Government, Continues To Sell Illegal Fever Cameras on Aug 10, 2020
Dahua is effectively taunting the Australian government by continuing to sell...
Herta Facial Recognition Plus Masks Tested on Aug 19, 2020
Masks increase face recognition errors, but facial recognition developer...
The German Company Powering Many China Temperature Tablets (Heimann) on Aug 12, 2020
Many fever tablet suppliers market German-made Heimann thermal sensors while...
K7 Wall Mounted IR Temp Gun Tested on Jun 26, 2020
The original K3 model was missing a number of important features but the...
Motorola Solutions Sells Avigilon Products To North Carolina Utility on Jul 16, 2020
Just 2 years after Motorola acquired Avigilon, concerns are growing among...
FLIR A Series Temperature Screening Cameras Tested on Jun 04, 2020
FLIR is one of the biggest names in thermal and one of the most conservative....
Dahua USA Admits Thermal Solutions "Qualify As Medical Devices" on Jul 02, 2020
Dahua USA has issued a press release admitting a controversial point in the...
FLIR Screen-EST Screening Software Tested on Jun 30, 2020
In our FLIR A Series Test, the cameras' biggest drawback was their lack of...
Dahua, Hikvision, ZKTeco Face Mask Detection Shootout on Jun 19, 2020
Temperature tablets with face mask detection are one of the hottest trends in...
Face Masks Increase Face Recognition Errors Says NIST on Aug 04, 2020
COVID-19 has led to widespread facemask use, which as IPVM testing has shown...
Avigilon Face Mask Detection Tested on Jun 24, 2020
Face mask detection or, more specifically not wearing a face mask, is an...
Clinton Public View Monitor (PVM) Mask Detection Tested on Jul 09, 2020
Face mask detection, or more specifically not wearing one, is expanding...

Recent Reports

Hanwha AI Object Detection Tested on Sep 28, 2020
Hanwha has added detection and classification of people, cars, clothing...
Favorite Access Control Manufacturers 2020 on Sep 28, 2020
200+ Integrators told IPVM "What is your favorite access control management...
New Products Show Fall 2020 Starts Tomorrow! on Sep 27, 2020
Tomorrow, IPVM's sixth online show will feature New Products from over 25...
OnTech Smart Services Partners With Google and Amazon To Compete With Integrators on Sep 25, 2020
A pain point for many homeowners to use consumer security and surveillance is...
The Future of Metalens For Video Surveillance Cameras - MIT / UMass / Immervision on Sep 25, 2020
Panoramic cameras using 'fisheye' lens have become commonplace in video...
Hikvision Sues Over Brazilian Airport Loss on Sep 24, 2020
Hikvision was excluded from a Brazilian airport project because it is owned...
China General Chamber of Commerce Calls Out US Politics on Sep 24, 2020
While US-China relations are at an all-time low, optimism about relations...
Verkada Disruptive Embedded Live Help on Sep 24, 2020
Call up your integrator? Have someone come by the next day? Verkada is...
IP Networking Course Fall 2020 - Last Chance - Register Now on Sep 23, 2020
Today is the last chance to register for the only IP networking course...
Drain Wire For Access Control Reader Tutorial on Sep 23, 2020
An easy-to-miss cabling specification plays a key role in access control, yet...
Norway Council of Ethics Finds Hikvision Human Rights Abuses "Ongoing" on Sep 23, 2020
Hikvision's involvement in "serious human rights abuse" in Xinjiang is...
IPVM Camera Calculator User Manual / Guide on Sep 23, 2020
Learn how to use the IPVM Camera Calculator (updated for Version 3.1). The...
Installation Course Fall 2020 - Save $50 - Last Chance on Sep 22, 2020
This is a unique installation course in a market where little practical...
SimpliSafe Business Security Launched Examined on Sep 22, 2020
SimpliSafe has launched "SimpliSafe Business Security" that the company...
FLIR CEO: Many New Fever Entrants "Making Claims That The Science Just Won't Support" on Sep 22, 2020
FLIR's CEO joins a growing number calling out risks with fever / screening...