Remington settles liability claims related to Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut

TRUMBULL, Conn. – Remington Arms on Tuesday agreed to settle liability claims from the families of five adults and four children killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, according to a filing new court.

It marks the first time a gun manufacturer has been implicated in a mass shooting in the United States.

“The plaintiffs in this lawsuit issued Notice that a settlement has been made between the parties,” the filing said.

Details of the settlement are expected to be released at a news conference late Tuesday, more than seven years after families sued the maker of the Bushmaster XM15-E2S semi-automatic rifle used in the case. mass shooting.

The families argued that Remington negligently delivered to civilian consumers an assault-style rifle suitable only for use by military and law enforcement personnel and violated the Unfair Trade Practices Act. Connecticut (CUTPA) through the sale or mismarketing of firearms.

Remington, which filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2020, argued that all of the plaintiffs’ legal theories are prohibited under Connecticut law and a federal statute, the Fair Trade Protection Act. method in Firearms – known as the acronym PLCAA – which has limits. exception, disclaims civil liability for firearms manufacturers, distributors, and dealers against third-party criminals using their firearms.

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza burst into Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School and, in the span of 264 seconds, fatally shot 20 first-graders and six staff members.

He also injured two other employees.

The rifle Lanza uses is a version of Remington’s AR-15 assault rifle, similar to the standard M16 military service rifle used by the United States Army and its armed forces. other countries, but only in semi-automatic mode.

According to the plaintiffs’ complaint, Remington promoted its assault-style weapon for offensive, military-style missions by publishing advertisements and distributing its product catalog (1) advertising the AR-15 is ”the uncompromising choice when you ask for a rifle like duty that can adapt to you,”’ ​​(2) depicts moving soldiers patrolling through the woods, armed with Bushmaster rifles , (3) state the slogan ” (w) hen you need to perform under the pressure of the Bushmaster, ” superimposed on the silhouette of a soldier holding his helmet against the background of the American flag, (4) hailing the ”military proven performance” of firearms such as the XM15-E2S, (5) promoting the civilian rifle as ”a state-of-the-art combat weapon system, ” (6) citing the unparalleled destructive power of their AR-15 rifles, (7) claimed that the most elite branches of the US military, including the US Navy SEALs, the Army’s Green Berets United States and the Army Rangers, and other special forces, used an AR-15, and (8) describes a close-up of the AR-15 with the following tagline: ” Opposing forces, bow your heads. You are outnumbered by more than one hand. ”

The plaintiffs listed are Donna L. Soto, Victoria Soto’s estate administrator; Ian Hockley and Nicole Hockley, co-managers of Dylan C. Hockley’s estate; David C. Wheeler, Benjamin A. Wheeler’s estate manager; Mary D’Avino, Rachel M. D’Avino’s property manager; Mark Barden and Jacqueline Barden, Daniel G. Barden’s co-managers; William D. Sherlach, Mary Joy Sherlach’s property manager; Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, co-managers of the Jesse McCord Lewis estate; Leonard Pozner, Noah S. Pozner’s wealth manager; and Gilles J. Rousseau, the estate manager of Lauren G. Rousseau.

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