Conn. victims of R.I. club fire sue, AP says

Lawyers for eight Connecticut victims
of the Feb. 20 nightclub fire in West Warwick filed
a $100-million lawsuit under a new U.S. law allowing claims
against out-of-state interests, the Associated Press reported.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of four survivors and the
estates of four victims, was filed under the Multiparty,
Multiforum Trial Jurisdiction Act of 2002, which took effect in
February, AP said.

The fire, which killed 100 people and injured 190 at The
Station nightclub, was sparked by a pyrotechnics display during a
performance by heavy-metal rock band Great White, AP said.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of 27 defendants,
including club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, members of
Great White, the town of West Warwick, the state of Rhode Island
and several companies, AP said.

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