Everytown Law represents the City of Chicago in lawsuit against Indiana gun store tied to over 850 crime guns recovered by City.
Chicago, IL – On April 26, 2021, the City of Chicago, represented by Everytown Law and Mayer Brown LLP, filed a lawsuit against Westforth Sports, Inc, alleging that Westforth’s sales practices contributed to a public nuisance in the City. The City alleges that Westforth is engaged in a pattern of negligently and unlawfully selling firearms to persons that it knows are engaged in straw purchasing and unlicensed dealing in firearms. This pattern of unlawful and negligent sales has created, exacerbated, and sustained a public nuisance that causes harm to the health, safety, and well-being of Chicago residents.
Following jurisdictional discovery, the Circuit Court for Cook County, Illinois granted Westforth’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction with prejudice in May 2023. The City then moved to modify this order to be without prejudice, and concurrently moved for leave to file an amended complaint. Following oral argument, the Circuit Court granted the City’s motion in part but denied the City leave to file an amended complaint. The City appealed this decision and the underlying dismissal of its complaint on October 18, 2023.
In the interim, Westforth publicly announced in July 2023 that the store would be closing and liquidating its inventory.
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