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Prof. Tim Lytton Quoted in Bloomberg Product Safety & Liability Report on Torts Against Gun Industry

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lytton finalIn the Bloomberg Product Safety & Liability Reporter article “Surprising $5.7M Gun Verdict Could Spur More Suits Against Gun Sellers,” Professor Timothy Lytton discusses the possible resurgence of tort litigation against the gun industry, which had slowed significantly in the wake of the passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005.In addition to the recent Norberg v. Badger Guns decision, Lytton pointed to Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms In’t, LLC in which not just the retail seller but also manufacturers and distributors of the weapon used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 children and 6 adults are being sued, saying “… when manufacturers are exposed to liability, then they have extra incentive not just to clean up their own practices, but also to police their supply chain and to keep an eye on which retailers who they distribute their weapons to may be engaged in irresponsible sales practices.”

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).



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