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NY Gun Law May Create Opioidlike Litigation For Insurers

By Shawn Rice (July 16, 2021, 6:31 PM EDT) -- A recently enacted New York law will make it easier to sue manufacturers and dealers when a gun is used in a crime, which legal experts say could lead to a new wave of coverage disputes for insurers similar to those resulting from the opioid crisis.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation earlier this month to cut through the blanket immunity provided to the gun industry under federal law. The first bill of its kind in the country, Senate Bill S7196 aims to impose liability on the gun industry for creating a public nuisance.

Firearm manufacturers and dealers are...

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