The lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook School is on the slow road through the justice system. After a Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled last week that the suit can move forward, both sides were in Court Tuesday. They agreed on a future court date of two years from now on April 3rd, 2018.
The discovery process, where plaintiffs seek information from defendants, is expected to take some time. A motion was filed yesterday by the defendants to delay disclosure while motions are prepared to toss out part or all of the case. A hearing on the motion is set for June 20th.
The judge ruled last week that a federal law protecting gun makers from lawsuits does not prevent lawyers for the families of Sandy Hook victims from arguing that the AR-15 is a military weapon and should not have been sold to civilians.
A lawyer for the families had argued there is an exception in federal law that allows litigation against companies that know, or should know, that their weapons are likely to be used in a way that risks injury to others.