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Cinemark Suits Over Colorado Shootings Linked for Trial

Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Cinemark Holdings Inc. faces a trial in May 2014 over claims that it failed to take security precautions before the July 20 theater shootings that killed 12 people in Aurora, Colorado.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson in Denver scheduled a jury trial for May 5, 2014, as he consolidated seven suits over claims that Cinemark USA Inc. failed to ensure the safety of its theater property, according to court documents filed yesterday.

James Holmes, a former neuroscience student at the University of Colorado-Denver, is charged in state court in Centennial with 166 criminal counts, including more than 100 for attempted murder. He allegedly opened fire on the audience at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Jackson ruled yesterday that pretrial exchanges of information in the cases will be delayed until he rules on Cinemark’s efforts to have the litigation dismissed.

Plaintiffs in some of the cases allege that Cinemark had information about previous disturbances at the theater, including shootings, robberies and assaults.

The federal cases being consolidated include Nowlan v. Cinemark USA Inc., 12-cv-02517, and Traynom v. Cinemark USA Inc. 12-cv-02514, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (Denver). The criminal case is People v. Holmes, 12-cr-01522, 18th Judicial District Court, Colorado (Centennial).

To contact the reporter on this story: Joel Rosenblatt in San Francisco at jrosenblatt@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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