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6 Dec 2016

Michele Gorman, Newsweek (US)

USA: Connecticut Supreme Court to hear Sandy Hook families' appeal in lawsuit against gun makers

"Connecticut Supreme Court will hear Sandy Hook families’ appeal against gun companies", 1 Dec 2016

The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear an appeal from 10 families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in their lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the weapon used in the December 2012 tragedy. The decision on Thursday comes about two weeks after nine families and a survivor filed their appeal against a judge’s dismissal of the case—and 13 days before the four-year anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut...Nine families and a survivor argue that the sale of the military-style rifle used in the mass shooting violated Connecticut law. The suit alleges that three gun companies negligently entrusted the rifle to the public and violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act in marketing it to civilians.  Adam Lanza used the weapon to shoot his way into the school and kill 20 first-graders and six educators in less than five minutes on December 14, 2012.  In its decision to hear the case, the court accepted the families’ argument that the meaning of certain language in the state law must be determined by the high court...