Town Named As Defendant In 12/14 Lawsuit

Published: January 12, 2015 at 12:00 am


DANBURY — The estates of two of the first-graders who were killed in the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School are the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the town that seeks money damages.

The civil action is dated December 12, 2014, on court papers. It was stamped as received by Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia on January 9. The lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages exceeding $15,000. The case is filed in Danbury Superior Court.

Named as plaintiffs in the suit are the estates of Noah Pozner and Jesse Lewis, both of whom were among the 26 people killed by gunman Adam Lanza, 20, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Representing the Lewis estate are his mother Scarlett Lewis and father Neil Heslin.

Representing the Pozner estate is his father Leonard Pozner.

Named as defendants in the legal action are the Town of Newtown, represented by Ms Aurelia; the Board of Education, represented by Schools Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr; and Sandy Hook Elementary School, represented by Principal Kathleen Gombos.

The lawsuit erroneously names the school principal as Sandy Gombos. The text of the lawsuit also erroneously names the school superintendent as David Fleishman. A man by that name is the superintendent of schools for the City of Newton, Mass.

The 66-page lawsuit lists a variety of reasons why the plaintiffs consider the school system to have been negligent on December 14, 2012, resulting in the deaths of the two first-graders.

Representing the plaintiffs in the court case is the law firm known as Papcsy Janosov Roche, LLC, of Norwalk.

The town has referred the legal papers to the town attorney and also to its insurance firm Rose & Kiernan, Inc, of Danbury, among others, for review.

The estates of Pozner and Lewis also are among the estates of nine people who were killed and one person who was injured in the December 2012 shooting incident, which several weeks ago filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit in state court against the manufacturer, the distributor, and the seller of the semiautomatic Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, which Adam Lanza used in the murders. That 40-page lawsuit also seeks money damages.

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