Stop Charging Theater Shooting Victims for Legal Fees

Target: Cinemark Theatres CEO Mark Zoradi

Goal: End all attempts to force Colorado shooting victims to pay legal fees after lawsuit attempt.

Victims of the Colorado theater shooting are facing $700,000 in legal fees from the massive theater conglomerate Cinemark Theaters after a court ruled that it wasn’t liable for the mass shooting. Not only does this mean that victims and families of victims may receive no assistance with medical bills and funeral costs, Cinemark is trying to counter-sue those already traumatized by a horrific massacre for the money it used to pays its high-priced lawyers.

The attorney representing the shooting victims plans to appeal, but the fact that Cinemark would even consider counter suing these people is completely reprehensible. The company should count itself lucky that it wasn’t found to be negligent due to a lack of security that allowed the shooter to enter the theater with deadly assault weapons. Suing massacre victims who had to sue in order to pay medical bills is just wrong.

This case and Cinemark’s attempt to shake down the victims of alleged negligence demonstrate once again how massive conglomerates are often much more concerned with their profits than justice or the well-being of their customers. Sign our petition to demand that Cinemark stop any attempts to counter-sue the shooting victims for legal fees and refrain from pulling anything like this again.


Dear Mr. Zoradi,

Your company, Cinemark Theaters, is apparently attempting to counter-sue victims of the mass shooting in the Aurora, Colorado Century 16 theater. These victims and family members of deceased victims allege that your lack of security exposed them to preventable danger. With proper security measures, the shooter may have been stopped from bringing large and deadly assault weapons into the building.

Though a judge may have found that your company is not responsible for this horrific massacre, this does not erase the suffering and financial hardship that victims and their families have faced. Trying to force them to pay $700,000 in legal fees is a completely cold-hearted and cruel response to a desperate attempt to find relief from medical bills and funeral costs.

It’s definitely not good for your company’s reputation to be adding to the suffering of mass shooting victims by suing them for the money you used to pay your high-priced lawyers who worked to protect you from any liability. We demand that you immediately drop this and any similar suits and leave these victims alone.


[Your Name Here]

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