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16 Nov 2016

Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant (USA)

USA: Plaintiffs in Sandy Hook school shooting case against gun makers appeal dismissal of claims

"Sandy Hook Families Appeal Dismissal Of Gun Lawsuit", 16 Nov 2016

The families of some of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims Tuesday appealed a Superior Court judge's ruling dismissing their lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used in shooting.  The appeal was filed in Appellate Court, but the plaintiffs are requesting the case to be heard by the state Supreme Court..."The Supreme Court not only sets precedent but also reviews the applicability and relevance of prior decisions..."...The judge made it clear the families' claims that the gun company should be held liable...did not meet the narrow exceptions the federal law allows...The judge also ruled that the plaintiffs could not win under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA)...The families' appeal..."asks the Supreme Court to consider the scope of the common law of negligent entrustment in Connecticut and its application to circumstances and technology that could not have been contemplated when the cause of action was first recognized."...The families argue that the meaning of certain language in CUTPA must be determined by the Supreme Court...