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Theater ends request that shooting victims pay legal fees

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Cinemark has dropped its request that victims of a 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 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.

Cinemark asked for money from the victims after it was found to not be liable. Lawyers for Cinemark filed the “bill of costs” for $699,187.13 in June in Arapahoe County court.

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.

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