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Victims' families say Remington hides marketing strategies and other trade secrets on military-style weapons

A 2005 law grants gun manufacturers immunity from lawsuits related to injuries from criminal misuse

CNN  — 

Families of the victims in the 2012 massacre by shooter Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, are no longer united only in their grief. Some of them are also now part of a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit seeking accountability from the gunmaker, Remington.

At issue are what the families allege are the manufacturer’s marketing strategies and other trade secrets on military-style weapons.

Although the trial is not set to begin until April 2018, the case is moving closer to discovery, the pretrial process that allows each party access to internal documents from the other side.

Some experts believe the discovery process could yield the type of incriminating internal information unearthed during landmark litigation against tobacco companies in the 1990s.

During that litigation, the discovery process unearthed much of the damaging internal information that forced Big Tobacco into massive settlements.