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State Supreme Court will hear appeal in Sandy Hook lawsuit

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The state Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal from the families of nine Sandy Hook school shooting victims, and one survivor, in their case against the sellers of the AR-15.

About two weeks ago, families said they wanted the Connecticut Supreme Court to hear their appeal in their lawsuit against gun companies.

Last month, a Connecticut judge dismissed their lawsuit against Remington Arms, the maker of the rifle used by the shooter that killed 26 students and staff.

An AR-15 rifle was used in the shooting, according to state police. According to the lawsuit, Remington Arms should not have sold it in the first place.

In a press release on Thursday, Nicole Hockley said “We are grateful that the Connecticut Supreme Court will hear our case immediately.”

Her son Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.

“Our goal is and always has been to help prevent the next Sandy Hook, and today is an important step in that direction,” Hockley added.

“We very much welcome the Court’s swift action, particularly as these families approach the fourth painful anniversary of the shooting,” said the families’ attorney, Josh Koskoff. “Time and again our Supreme Court has recognized the importance of allowing litigants their day in court and the indispensable role of a jury as arbiters of justice.  That is all these families have ever asked for.” 

The lawsuit alleges that the AR-15 used in the school shooting was "negligently entrusted to the public, and that the defendants violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) in aggressively and unethically marketing the AR-15 to the public. In their decision to hear the case, the Court accepted the families’ argument that the meaning of certain language in CUTPA must be determined by the state Supreme Court."

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