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Aurora theater shooting lawsuits against Cinemark delayed until next year

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DENVER — A federal judge has set a trial date in July 2016 for several civil cases filed by survivors of the Aurora theater shooting and relatives of those who were killed.

Attorneys for both sides of the case say they cannot prepare for trial in the civil cases until the criminal case against James Holmes finishes in state court. That trial is expected to begin later this month.

A judge allowed the lawsuits to advance, including claims that Cinemark did enough to try to prevent the shooting in 2012 that left 12 people dead and dozens injured. Cinemark USA has said in court documents that the lawsuits do not show the company was liable.

The civil cases had been scheduled for trial in federal court in August.

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