DETROIT, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The City of Detroit has lost its attempt to recoup millions of dollars from gunmakers and dealers blamed for the carnage of "Murder City."
The city, along with Wayne County, filed lawsuits in 1999 seeking at least $400 million for medical and law enforcement costs associated with gun violence, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.
The Michigan Court of Appeals released a unanimous decision Friday throwing out the suits against 30 gunmakers and dealers under legislation that barred municipalities from filing such suits.
Although the legislation was not enacted until one year after the suits were filed, the justices agreed it still applied.
The court dismissed a challenge claiming the Legislature violated the rights of Detroit and Wayne county with the bill.
The decision reversed a Wayne County Circuit judge's decision in 2000 that allowed the suits to continue, the Free Press said.