Judge denies request to delay evidence exchange with Sandy Hook families

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NEWTOWN - The judge in the lawsuit brought by 10 families against the maker of the gun used in the Sandy Hook massacre has denied Remington's latest request to forego the exchange of pre-trial evidence.

The order by Judge Barbara Bellis is another in a series of incremental victories for the Sandy Hook families, who argue that Remington is liable for negligently entrusting an AR-15-type rifle to a civilian, resulting in the deaths of 20 first-graders and six educators.

Bellis' ruling on Friday is the second time in as many months that the judge has denied a request by Remington to forego the exchange of evidence. In mid-September, the judge said she would hear Remington's argument about why the case should be dismissed in December 2017, and not before.

The judge's Friday order follows an objection filed by the families earlier in the week, which called gunmaker's request to rearrange the pre-trial schedule and avoid the exchange of evidence 'impractical,' 'unfair' and 'self-serving.'

Remington argues that it is protected from liability under a 2005 federal law that shields the gun industry from most claims when its firearms are misused.

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