Cinemark seeks $700,000 in legal fees from shooting victims

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DENVER — The company that owns the Aurora theater where 12 people were murdered almost four years ago wants some victims and their families to pay nearly  $700,000 for legal costs.

Cinemark has asked for the money from several victims who unsuccessfully sued the theater chain, according to the Denver Post.

Lawyers for Cinemark filed the “bill of costs” earlier this month in Arapahoe County court. The Post reports it’s for $699,187.13.

The Arapahoe County civil jury ruled in May that Cinemark was not liable for the Aurora theater shooting in 2012.

Twenty-eight families of those killed and wounded in the July 20, 2012, massacre sued Cinemark, the company that owns the Century 16 Theater where the attack took place.

The families claimed there was not enough security to stop James Holmes from carrying out the shooting that night.

The families argued throughout the trial that the theater chain should have been prepared, and in some way been able to foresee the possibility of a mass shooting, ready with armed guards and security cameras.

But Cinemark said there was no way that was possible, even with the number of shootings that have happened.

The theater chain said if it was found responsible, every business in the world would be liable for what happens on its property.

A five-man, one-woman jury agreed with the chain. Now Cinemark wants those who filed the lawsuit to pay for the company’s legal fees.