First Sandy Hook Lawsuit Filed,Lawyer Seeks $100 Million

She was in her classroom, and over the loudspeaker came the horrific confrontation between the fellow who shot everybody and other people,” Pinsky said. “Her friends were killed. That’s pretty traumatic.

A New Haven attorney is seeking permission to file a $100 million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut on behalf of one of the survivors of the Newtown school shooting.

Attorney Irving Pinsky filed a notice on December 27 with Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. The student is identified only as “Jill Doe.”

On Dec. 14, 20 students and six women were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter, Adam Lanza, who also shot his mother at their home, committed suicide as police arrived at the school.

Pinsky’s claim says the state Board of Education, the state Department of Education and the education commissioner failed to take steps to protect the minor children from foreseeable harm.

Pinsky has to get approval from state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. before the lawsuit can go forward—the state enjoys “sovereign immunity” against most lawsuits unless permission to sue is granted. But Pinsky is adamant about the seriousness of his suit: “Usually a fellow like Adam Lanza would have been known as a potential problem to the police…We all know its going to happen again. Society has to take action.” If granted, this will be the first Newtown shooting-related lawsuit.

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