Timothy D. Lytton, Distinguished University Professor & Professor of Law, spoke on a panel on the topic of “Guns, Torts, and Market Regulation,” at Duke University Law School, sponsored by the Duke University Center for Firearms Law. Lytton provided a historical overview of lawsuits against gun manufacturers and retail sellers dating back to the 1990s, and he provided an analysis of current cases against gun makers arising out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Las Vegas mass shootings.
He placed gun industry litigation in the larger context of the leading role that civil lawsuits have traditionally played in the regulation of health and safety in the U.S.—for example in the areas of auto safety and environmental protection. Lytton is editor of the book Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle and the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts (University of Michigan Press 2005), which remains the leading study of gun industry litigation.
–Jeremy Craig, Office of the Provost