Cohen Milstein’s Theodore J. Leopold and Leslie M. Kroeger have been retained as co-lead counsel to Chicago-based firm, Romanucci & Blandin LLC, and will help represent more than 90 survivors and relatives of victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub in state court.
There is evidence that the horrific Pulse nightclub massacre could have been prevented by the shooter’s employer and his wife, who were aware of his mental instability and deliberate commission to commit acts of violence – but who did nothing.
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen opened fire in Pulse, a nightclub he was allowed to access while carrying semi- automatic weapons, in Orlando, Florida. By the time his three-hour rampage ended, 49 people were dead, and 58 others were wounded. It was the largest mass shooting in the United States history. This tragedy, an unfathomable blow to Orlando’s LGBT community, was rendered all the more unfortunate by the number of ways that it could have- and should have- been prevented.
The lawsuit against the shooter’s former employer, G4S, alleges that they knew he was mentally unstable and threatening violence.
G4S, the world’s largest security company, allegedly employed the shooter Omar Mateen as an armed guard, granting him a high level of security clearance through the use of a fraudulent psychological evaluation. Additional allegations state that G4S was made aware of Mateen’s signs of mental instability and irrational actions leading up to the massacre, yet failed to take any action. It is reported that Mateen made very disturbing comments to co-workers at the St. Lucie Courthouse in 2013 which prompted the Sheriff's Office to report his behavior to G4S, to request his immediate and permanent removal from the courthouse, and to report him to the FBI. Sadly G4S did nothing.
The multiple counts against G4S include wrongful death and negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent retention of Mateen as an employee.
Victims and families of victims are seeking unspecified monetary damages.