Court: Remington Can be Sued Over Sandy Hook Shooting
The Connecticut Supreme Court says gun manufacturer Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle that was used to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
The 4-3 vote on Thursday overturned a lower court's ruling that Remington couldn't be sued due to a federal law that protects gun makers from liability as long as their products are purchased legally.
The court ruled Congress did not intend that law to inhibit state laws.
It also said the plaintiffs should be allowed to argue in court that Remington violated a Connecticut law that bans "unfair and deceptive acts and practices in trade and commerce." The plaintiffs argue Remington "knowingly marketed, advertised, and promoted" its Bushmaster rifle to civilians, even though it was designed for military use.
Remington's lawyers argue the Bushmaster is a legal firearm and that the company couldn't possibly have known the shooter's motives when he acquired the gun.
Remington filed for bankruptcy protection last year after years of poor sales.
According to Reuters, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday allowed families who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre to sue Remington Outdoor, in a setback to gun makers who have been..
The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday allowed a lawsuit against Remington Outdoor Co Inc to go ahead, giving families who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting the chance to pursue their..