Victims' loss in a civil trial over whether a Colorado movie theater should have done more to prevent a mass shooting leaves them with dwindling options as they seek damages for their suffering.

Experts say the loss Thursday to Cinemark may also have hurt the chances of other theater shooting survivors in the few remaining lawsuits stemming from the 2012 rampage.

Attorney Brett Godfrey, who was not involved in the case, said the Cinemark verdict could impact a separate, federal civil trial slated for July against the theater chain.

He says it will be harder to find jurors who haven't heard about the outcome of the first case.

Shooter James Holmes is serving a life prison sentence for the attack that killed 12 people and injured more than 70 others.