A judge has ruled that a high-profiled lawsuit against Walmart for negligently selling ammunition that was later used to kill three people in the Lehigh Valley should be heard by a jury in Philadelphia.
The decision is considered a blow to the retail giant and a victory for Ross Feller Casey, the law firm representing the families of the three people who died in the July 2015 shooting spree.
Walmart had moved the case to the federal court system. But last week, U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Leeson ruled that the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas is the proper venue to hear the case.
Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that, in the early morning of July 5, 2015, Robert Jourdain, then 20, was allowed to purchase a box of ammunition from a Walmart despite being under 21 – the legal age to buy the bullets – and also in spite of the fact that he appeared intoxicated. Jourdain then gave the bullets to Todd West, his cousin. West, within an hour of the purchase, used the ammo in a shooting spree on the streets of Allentown and Easton, Pennsylvania, killing three people.
Matt Casey, a founding partner of Ross Feller Casey, is representing the families.
The Allentown Morning Call wrote a story about the ruling today.