Judge Joel Cohen’s Thursday ruling will allow New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit to move ahead in state court in Manhattan, rather than dismissing it on technical grounds or moving it to federal court, reports the Associated Press. James’ lawsuit, filed last August, seeks the dissolution of the National Rifle Association (NRA) grounded in claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for trips, no-show contracts and other expenditures. Cohen also rejected the NRA’s arguments that James’ lawsuit was improperly filed in Manhattan and should’ve been filed in Albany, where the NRA’s incorporation paperwork lists an address.
The NRA’s arguments for dismissing the case did not involve the merits of the case. The NRA has been incorporated in New York since 1871, though it is headquartered in Virginia and last week filed for bankruptcy protection in Texas in a bid to reincorporate in that state. Assistant New York Attorney General James Sheehan said he hoped to bring the case to trial by early 2022.