Following the June 2012 Aurora, Colorado, movie theatre massacre, which left 12 dead and more than 70 others injured, a group of survivors of the shooting filed a suit against Cinemark, claiming that a lack of security measures on their part directly contributed to the tragedy inside the theatre that night.
In response, Cinemark, which is worth more than $2 billion, filed a suit against the group of survivors, claiming that the survivors should be responsible for the $700,000 in fees that were accumulated due to the trial and other legal proceedings.
On Wednesday, a judge in Los Angeles ruled in Cinemark’s favor, meaning that the group of survivors who filed the suit are now responsible for covering more than half a million dollars in legal fees for the theater company. Had he ruled in the survivors’ favor, Cinemark would have had to change its policies regarding security measures.
However, on Thursday, the Denver Post reported that Cinemark will drop the cost request if the victims drop their appeal. All but four of the victims have agreed to this deal, meaning that those four could still be responsible for paying $700,000 to Cinemark.