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Chicago loses court case seeking reimbursement for costs from firearms industry

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The Illinois Supreme Court tossed out a $433 million lawsuit brought by the city of Chicago and Cook County against firearms makers, distributors, and dealers. The city sought reimbursement for policing, emergency services, and prosecutions tied to gun violence. The case was a novel application of nuisance laws, traditionally used to go after polluters. The Illinois Court, however, declined to open up what it called “an entirely new species of public nuisance liability” (reported in CDC Public Health Law News, Wednesday, 24 November 2004; contributed by Ian Scott).

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