The Uvalde School District and a Litany of Law Enforcement Agencies Could Face a $27 Billion Class Action Shooting Lawsuit

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More than two weeks after 21 people were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, hundreds of flowers, toys and candles surround standing crosses in memory of the victims. Credit: Evan L’Roy for the Texas Tribune

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On behalf of Uvalde mass shooting victims and their families, California law firm Bonner & Bonner is seeking $27 billion from a litany of government entities for the May 24 Robb Elementary School massacre which killed 19 people and two teachers.

Charles Bonner served the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District with the multi-billion dollar claim on Monday, seeking compensation for the victims. Bonner told the Texas Tribune he plans to serve Uvalde city leaders Tuesday night at a city council meeting.

As evidence of the school district’s responsibility, the claim pointed to the report of a Texas House committee that had investigated the shooting as well as law enforcement’s response. The report, which was released a month ago, found that “systemic failures and grossly poor decision-making” contributed to the shooter’s ability to enter a classroom and the delayed response of security forces. order to confront him.

In addition to serving the school district and city council, Bonner intends to seek damages from the list of law enforcement officers present at Robb during the shooting and Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of the AR. -15 used by the shooter that day.

The claim, which could become a precursor to a class action lawsuit, warns potential defendants of a potential lawsuit. Bonner said he hopes to reach a settlement before the class action lawsuit, but if those parties don’t come to the negotiating table, he plans to file the federal lawsuit in September.

Bonner said the request seeks to establish a medical watch fund to pay for counseling for those affected by the incident and additional compensation for shooting victims, their families and others present at the school on the day of the incident. the tragedy.

As it stands, the class named in the eventual lawsuit covers nine families of shooting victims, but Bonner said he expects more of those affected by the shooting to sign up to go on. before.

“The theme of this call to bargain is accountability, responsibility and justice, and that’s what we want for everyone in this class. We will leave no casualties behind,” Bonner said.

School district spokeswoman Anne Marie Espinoza did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.


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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texatribune.org/2022/08/23/uvalde-shooting-27-billion-lawsuit/.

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