Weinstein lets NYC suits against dealers proceed
Not to say it shows a tiny bit of bias, but the AP release begains "A federal judge ruled Wednesday that more than a dozen out-of-state gun dealers have helped criminals terrorize New Yorkers and now must face the city in court."
UPDATE: how do all these suits wind up in front of Weinstein, when every federal district court I know of has random assignment of judges? I once talked to one of the manufacturer's defense lawyers, and he said that in one case they were served with the usual summons and complaint, but not with the cover sheet that has to be filed with them. When they did get the cover sheet, it turned out that plaintiffs' attorney had claimed (falsely) that Weinstein was already hearing a related case ("related" under the rules requires something more than "another case against a gun manufacturer"). The defense raised an objection, which Weinstein denied.
He told of some other wierdnesses in the case. E.g., at the end of plaintiffs' case, the defense moved to dismiss it as insufficient in a legal sense. The judge stated that yes, their legal theory was insufficient, but they could have gone ahead if they had proven a different theory, which he outlined, and then said he was going to permit them to reopen their case to prove the approach that he had set out.