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The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled last week in Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International that the estates of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting can pursue claims against the manufacturer of the weapon used in the massacre. The decision has garnered nationwide attention, understandably focused on the tragic context and the holding that gun makers can be sued. But another part of the decision may have a deeper and longer-lasting impact on Connecticut law.

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