Court Protects Manufacturers of At Least One Legal Product

By March 10, 2009Briefly Legal

From Bloomberg:

The U.S. Supreme Court left intact lower court decisions shielding Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., Sturm, Ruger & Co. and other gunmakers from lawsuits pressed by New York City and shooting victims in Washington, D.C.

The justices, without comment, rejected appeals that sought to revive the two suits and challenged the constitutionality of a federal law signed in 2005 by then-President George W. Bush to protect the industry from a wave of lawsuits. “

The cases are New York v. Beretta, 08-530, and Lawson v. Beretta, 08-545, and the order denying cert is here. The law enacted in 2005 — with the NAM’s strong support — was S. 397, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

The NAM filed an amicus brief in 2005 in the related Beretta USA Corp. v. District of Columbia, which you can read here.

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