Wal-Mart and the security companies certainly. Maybe the PD? But how is Vornado responsible? Big assets somehow makes them culpable? That's just ambulance-chasing after the deepest pockets.
Right Steve - Attorneys will name anyone or anything remotely evolved - sorta sees who will "cough" up the cash , kinda a buck shot attitude you gonna hit someone in a dark room so to speak . Like Vornado and the Mall will most likely sue Wall*Mart for violating their lease agreements , its goes on and on.
As for the security companies - believe me , I hired Securitas and their competitors too , they DO NOT provide crowed control and they DO NOT provide traffic control - unless you are willing to accept all responsibility for their actions - its right there in their contracts . Simply rent-a-cops are nothing more then a reporting agency
The lawyers want money, they get paid if they win, they don't get paid if they sue people wih no money. So the stampeding crowd is a lottery, some may have cash, but I wouldn't bank on it. Walmart has money, the shopping center has money, the city (police) have money, so thems the target for the lawyers.
As to damages it really depends on the jury and the percentage culpability. They could for example find the amount to be $500K, but Walmart only 25% culpable - hence Walmart pays $125K.
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