Lawyer who won 9 Sandy Hook families $73M isn’t tied to same strategy in Texas massacre. Here’s why.

Jean J. Sanders

NEWTOWN — Will the attorney who won a $73 million settlement from Remington for nine Sandy Hook families use the same playbook in his legal dealings with the company that made the AR-15-style rifle used in the Texas massacre last month?

Yes and no.

“Of course you look at the precedent, but in any complicated case as grievous and shattering as this, you have to keep your toolkit wide open and look at everything,” said Josh Koskoff, a Bridgeport attorney who last week made national news by calling on riflemaker Daniel Defense to provide “information about its marketing, especially to teens and children” and about the gun company’s communications with the Uvalde shooter. “The Sandy Hook playbook is part of it, but you don’t want to start out with tunnel vision because you can miss what’s right in front of you.”

Uvalde is the small Texas town where an 18-year-old gunman drove to an elementary school and killed 19 fourth-graders and two teachers on May 24. The brutality of the massacre was all the more traumatic here because it had so many parallels to the shooting of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

Koskoff and a team of Texas lawyers who are representing the parents of a slain Uvalde fourth-grade girl in many ways drew the battle lines last week for a legal fight with Georgia-based Daniel Defense. The parents’ lawyers called on the company to turn over information “relevant to your marketing of AR-15 style rifles to teens and children; to your incitement and encouragement of the assaultive use of these weapons; to your online purchase system; and to your communications, on any platform, with the Uvalde shooter; and to your awareness of the prior use of AR-15 style rifles in mass shootings.”

Those fighting words, released to the media, produced scores of headlines across the country that the lawyer who won the historic settlement in Connecticut with the onetime gunmaking giant Remington was following the same battle plan in Texas on behalf of grieving parents.

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