Litigation Section

This section provides the trial attorney with information on the most recent trends in trial techniques through annual seminars and its newsletter. The section currently produces a quarterly case update to the members of the section.

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Robertson Overbey
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Knoxville, TN 37902
(865)522-2717
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Tennessee Bar Association
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Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Lawsuits Filed Over Las Vegas Shooting Face Legal Obstacles

Lawsuits filed in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting face many obstacles, the least of which includes a 2005 law that protects gun makers from civil claims brought by gunshot victims, the ABA Journal reports. At least two lawsuits have been brought against the manufacturers of “bump stock” devices, which allow accelerated gunfire from a semi automatic weapon and were used by the killer in the Vegas incident. It is unclear whether a bump stock is a gun component covered by the law’s liability shield.
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Las Vegas Shooting Witnesses File Lawsuit Against Makers of ‘Bump Stocks’

Three people who witnessed the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas this month have filed a would-be class action lawsuit against the makers of “bump stocks,” the device used by the gunman to accelerate gunfire from his semi-automatic weapon, the ABA Journal reports. The suit was filed in a Nevada court on behalf of individuals who suffered emotional distress during the shooting. The defendant is Slide Fire Solutions, which claims the product was intended for use by people with limited hand mobility. The lawsuit claims that the company did not limit its marketing to those consumers alone.
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