Ten families of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut are suing the manufacturer, distributor and retail seller, of the Bushmaster assault rifle for wrongful death. Bushmaster and the other defendants had the case moved to federal court; however, in a ‘small victory’ the federal court judge agreed the case should proceed in state court. Professor Timothy Lytton is quoted in the Hartford Currant’s Oct. 1 article “Sandy Hook Families Get ‘Small Victory’ in Suit Against Gun Maker” stating that the plaintiffs may believe that a state court judge is more likely to allow the case to proceed to a jury trial, something the gun-industry defendants want to avoid.
Timothy D. Lytton is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law with expertise in the public policy implications of tort litigation. He is the editor of Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts (2005).