Parents of Children Killed at Sandy Hook File Documents for ‘Wrongful Death’ Suits

Parents of Children Killed at Sandy Hook File Documents for ‘Wrongful Death’ Suits

Parents of the 10 of the 20 children killed in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary have “filed court documents indicating they intend to file wrongful death lawsuits.”

The documents were filed “to create estates for [the] children, a move that would allow the parents to file…[wrongful death] suits.”  

According to The Connecticut Law Tribune, court documents were filed on behalf of one child in late 2012, one behalf of another in 2013, and on behalf of eight more earlier this month. The filings were reported for the first time on December 8. 

No specific targets for the wrongful death suits have been identified, but some attorneys mentioned that “at least one Virginia jury found officials at Virginia Tech liable after a gunman killed dozens of students in 2007.” Others “noted actions filed against video game manufacturers in other cases were young [gunmen] were known to have played video games.” And “attorneys at several firms said the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR-15” rifle Lanza stole, then used to carry out his heinous crime, might possibly be sued as well. 

But attorneys who focus on the Second Amendment say the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005 — “shields gun manufacturers… from liabilities that arise from unlawful use of their products.”

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