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  • A Georgia law professor says Tuesday’s ruling to allow the Sandy Hook families’ lawsuit against gun-maker Remington Arms to proceed “blew a very large hole in the gun industry’s immunity.” Timothy Lytton spoke with Connecticut Public Radio about the impact the decision could have on a law that shields firearms manufacturers from most lawsuits involving crimes committed with their product.
  • As the U.S. Supreme Court considered a case that could decide the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA students at Eastern Connecticut State University spoke out against the Trump administration’s desire to end the program, which protects undocumented immigrants who came to America as children.
  • In more DACA news, a Yale doctoral student whose mother faces imminent deportation talked with Connecticut Public Radio about how much DACA has meant to him. “I was able to work during college and have some peace of mind knowing that you’re not at an immediate risk of deportation,” Cristian Padilla Romero said.
  • Concern about possible PFAS contamination at a Canton elementary school has prompted town officials to schedule an informational meeting on the subject for Wednesday night. Officials are worried that drinking water may be contaminated after learning of a 2013 training exercise that involved volunteer firefighters releasing firefighting foam containing PFAS.
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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Families' Lawsuit Against Gun-Maker To Go Forward

A lawsuit filed against gun-maker Remington Arms Co. by families of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting will proceed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Remington’s appeal to block the lawsuit.

The case, which has survived many legal twists and turns, hinges on how Remington marketed the AR-15-style rifle used in the 2012 killings. The families claim Remington violated Connecticut's unfair trade practices law when it “knowingly marketed and promoted the Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle for use in assaults against human beings.”

The 2005 federal law that shields gun companies from liability has several exceptions -- including one that allows lawsuits against a gun-maker or seller that knowingly violates state or federal laws governing how a product is sold or marketed.

Parents who lost their children at Sandy Hook have said it was no accident that the attacker picked the AR-15-style rifle to carry out his shooting rampage because he knew it would kill as many people as possible as fast as possible. 
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