Court rules gunmaker Remington can be sued over United States massacre

Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims can sue gunmaker Remington over 2012 attack, court says

A CT court ruled Thursday that Remington Outdoor Company can be sued over the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to The Stamford Advocate.

While the court on Thursday reaffirmed that the gun maker enjoys protection under the act, it ruled that the plaintiffs, families of the nine victims of the massacre and a teacher who survived the bloodshed, are entitled to sue the companies for the alleged violation of marketing rules. He then committed suicide.

"That lethality, combined with the ease with which criminals and mentally unstable individuals can acquire an AR-15, has made the rifle the weapon of choice for mass shootings, including school shootings", the decision says.

"Prior to December 14, 2012, assault rifles like the Bushmaster XM15-E2S had been used to kill in department stores and fast food chains, at offices and homecoming parties, on courthouse steps, and in schools", the suit said.

The 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA, has provided the us firearms industry an nearly impenetrable defense against lawsuits by victims of mass shootings and gun violence, broadly shielding Remington and others such as American Outdoor Brands Corp, Sturm Ruger & Co and Vista Outdoor Inc from liability stemming from such incidents.

"The families' goal has always been to shed light on Remington's calculated and profit-driven strategy to expand the AR-15 market and court high-risk users, all at the expense of Americans' safety", Joshua Koskoff, an attorney for the Plaintiffs said Thursday, according to USA Today.

The ruling reinstating the lawsuit came after approximately 15 months of judicial deliberations and approximately five years after 10 families initially filed the case, spurred by the massacre that left 26 people - mostly young children - dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT in December 2012.

Because this decision involves interpretation of a federal statute, the gunmaker will nearly certainly appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Remington could also prevail at a trial, so this is just a first step toward manufacturer liability.

‘It represents me!’ - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains goal celebration
Arsenal pick up a 3-0 win over Rennes in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at the Emirates Stadium to advance through 4-3 on aggregate.

Tim Tebow sent to minors, will start season with Syracuse Mets
The New York Mets will finish spring training with a workout inside Syracuse University's Carrier Dome. In 84 games last season with Double-A Binghamton, Tebow batted.273 with six homers and 36 RBIs.

USA stock indexes end mostly higher, extending market's gains
The rally in the communications giant and Dow component helped offset some of Boeing's losses. Stocks were helped by a USA government report showing retail sales rose slightly in January.

While the majority of the state's Supreme Court agreed with most of the lower court's ruling and dismissed numerous suit's allegations, a wrongful marketing claim can proceed.

The company may be guilty of making unlawful marketing claims, the court ruled, due to its promotion of a military-grade weapon for hunting and "recreational" use by civilians; its use of images of combat when selling the AR-15; and its use of slogans like "Consider your man card reissued".

The ruling on Thursday overturned a lower court's judgment rejecting the lawsuit, which charged that Remington Outdoor Co., arms distributor Camfour, and the CT store which sold the gun used in the massacre could be held liable.

Military-style rifles have been used in many other mass shootings, including in Las Vegas in October 2017 when 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

The Connecticut high court disagreed.

The case was watched by gun rights supporters and gun control advocates across the country as one that could affect other cases accusing gun-makers of being responsible for mass shootings.

In a 4-3 ruling, which is widely expected to be appealed to the US Supreme Court, Connecticut's highest court found the lawsuit could proceed.

Still, allowing the lawsuit to move forward means that there will be an opportunity for discovery that would unearth company documents that could be embarrassing for Remington.

Related News:



Most liked

Six Nations considers £500m offer from CVC Capital Partners
Top players across the world are more attuned to their own welfare and safety than ever before. A new global season is due to kick off next year, running until 2032.

Bencic dethrones Osaka in Indian Wells for second No.1 win
The Swiss has not lost since January, while Osaka will remain number one after the tournament following Halep's elimination. Osaka said the first title defense of her career had brought different challenges, and she thought she handled them well.

Tesla Model Y electric crossover unveiled
Among the key interior features is a panoramic glass roof and the automaker's horizontal 15-inch central touchscreen display. The high-end models are scheduled to launch next fall, with the standard version following in the spring of 2021.

Bernie Sanders aide defends Omar with term seen as anti-Semitic, apologizes
She suggested pro-Israel lawmakers have dual loyalties and that they pledged their "allegiance to a foreign country". Democratic Presidential candidate US Sen.

Disney Announces 21st Century Fox Acquisition Date, Entertainment News
The remaining parts of 21st Century Fox will be spun-off into the newly formed "Fox" - led by Lachlan Murdoch. That new company will include the Fox Broadcast Network, Fox Sports , and Fox News Channel.

Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson are officially a couple
Dawson, a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican and Cuban ancestry, made her film debut in the 1995 indie drama "Kids". On Feb. 1, Booker announced he was running for president , joining what's become a crowded Democratic field.

Mark Zuckerberg loses two key Facebook executives
Cox's departure removes a layer of management, bringing Zuckerberg closer to a family of apps that he wants to make compatible. Cox worked on some of Facebook's key products, including the social network's News Feed, and led the product and design teams.

Samsung keeps the dream of the under-screen camera alive
Don't expect to see it on the Galaxy S11 next year, or even the Galaxy S12 the year after that, however. Samsung has proven in the past that it's capable of releasing ambitious phone designs.

New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel
It's also possible that the suits are somehow created to allow for the team to travel into the Quantum Realm. Steve Rogers tells Natasha in the trailer, "I keep telling people to move on, some did, but not us".

Teddy Bridgewater set to meet with Dolphins
Bridgewater, 26, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2014 National Football League draft. Bridgewater hasn't gotten much of an opportunity since suffering a gruesome knee injury with the Vikings in 2016.

Lori Loughlin dropped from Hallmark, production halted on several Vancouver-filmed projects
The company distanced itself from Loughlin in a statement on Thursday, saying it was "saddened" by the allegations she's facing. Hallmark Cards Inc. says it will no longer working with Loughlin and has stopped development of all productions involving her.

Islamic Jihad in Gaza fires two rockets at Tel Aviv area
This reporter, based on the northern Tel Aviv coastline, heard one large blast following the rocket siren. It said one of the rockets landed in an uninhabited area, and that there were no reports of injuries.

Meghan Markle goes on maternity leave
The pair seemed pleased to see each other and warmly embraced after they exchanged a cheerful greeting, Judi James claimed. For more on the royals, watch below.

Subdued hiring climate for Red Deer in second quarter of 2019
The survey encompassed more than 60,000 employers around the world, including more than 11,600 in the US. Province-wide, Alberta can expect a nine pre cent increase in hiring.

SS Rajamouli ropes in Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn for ‘RRR’
While Alia will be seen playing one of the leading ladies, Ajay will be seen essaying a crucial role in a flashback episode. The cherry on the cake is B-Town actors Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn have been roped in to play prominent roles in the film.