Another municipal lawsuit
New York City just filed one, against out of state FFLs, alleging that they were allowing straw purchases.
If they can prove that, they can probably invoke the exception to the gun mfrs' liability protection. I still see major barriers in terms of (a) duty (b) causation and (c) damages. Not to mention (d), standing. I mean -- if you can prove a dealer on a certain day was willing to make a strawman sale, does that prove he ever did so in the past? How many times? What crimes were caused or not caused?
As far as standing goes -- anyone who's ever tried to represent a cop or fireman suing a private individual for negligence that resulted in on-duty injuries runs afoul of the "fireman's rule" -- they can't sue, because running those rirks are part of their job. A city as a government is, I'd think, in an even weaker position.
UPDATE: most of the stories so far have just been paraphrases of the NYC press release. Here's one with a bit of detail. One interesting question is which judge got the case. If Jack Weinstein -- then the fix is in.