An Auburn law firm took out a full-page ad in the Lewiston Sun Journal last week advertising a roundtable discussion to explore whether the victims of the Oct. 25 mass shooting can obtain a financial settlement through a civil lawsuit.
“As these tragic events become commonplace and elected officials fail to make significant policy reform in their wake, legal recourse has become one strategy in the fight for justice,” a press release from Gideon Asen LLC states.
The event is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend or watch by Zoom.
According to the press release, the discussion will involve Josh Koskoff and Jamal Alsaffar, purported experts in lawsuits stemming from mass shootings.
Koskoff and Alsaffar “have been or are currently involved in cases involving mass shootings in Sandy Hook, CT, Uvalde, TX, Highland Park, Illinois, Buffalo, NY, Las Vegas, NV, and others,” the press release states.
Benjamin Gideon, the founder of Gideon Asen, is the husband of two-term Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Cumberland County Democrat.
It’s not immediately clear whom Gideon and his fellow attorneys plan to sue; however, Koskoff recently received a glowing profile in the New York Times for his efforts to sue firearms manufacturers following shootings.
In 2022, Koskoff won a $73 million settlement against Remington because the company made the weapon used in the Sandy Hook massacre.
According to the Maine State Police, the rifle wielded by gunman Robert R. Card, Jr. when he murdered 18 people in Lewiston was an AR-10 style Ruger SFAR rifle manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
The gunmaker is currently facing two lawsuits from family members of six people who were murdered in Boulder, Colorado in 2021.