Cinemark Drops Request That Colorado Theater Shooting Victims Pay $700K in Legal Fees

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The company owns the Aurora movie theater where 12 people were murdered in 2012.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Cinemark has dropped its request that victims of the 2012 shooting at a Colorado movie theater pay nearly $700,000 in legal fees after they unsuccessfully sued the theater chain.

The Denver Post reported Tuesday that Cinemark withdrew the request after victims agreed not to appeal the verdict against them.

Cinemark's lawyers said in court documents they wanted to resolve the matter without more costs to either side. Colorado courts allow the winning side of a court case to recover legal fees.

Jurors in May ruled in Cinemark's favor over victims who argued the chain should have done more to prevent the attack that killed 12 people and left more than 70 others injured.

A judge also dismissed a similar lawsuit in federal court, saying Cinemark's lack of security was not a substantial factor in the deaths.

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