Supreme Court Denies Remington's Sandy Hook Appeal

Headline Roundup November 12th, 2019

The Supreme Court denied case review to Remington Arms Co., a gun manufacturer being sued by the families of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting victims for "knowingly" advertising the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle for "military style" civilian use, in a decision Tuesday morning. A 2005 federal law prevents gun makers from being legally culpable for the illegal use of their products, but plaintiffs are reportedly suing for wrongful death under Connecticut advertising laws. While the decision does not place Remington at immediate liability, discovery in the lower court case will proceed. 

From the Center

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will not hear a closely watched case against gunmaker Remington, a move the company has warned could potentially increase the liability of firearm manufacturers to suits brought by victims of gun crimes.

The court’s action will allow the family members of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre to move forward with their lawsuit. The shooting left 20 children and six adults dead.

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From the Right

The Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a blow to the gun industry Tuesday by permitting a lawsuit to proceed against the maker of the AR-15-style weapon used in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead.

The justices denied a bid from firearms manufacturer Remington Arms, which argued that it should be protected by a 2005 federal law that aims to prevent most lawsuits against gunmakers when their weapons are used in crimes.

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From the Left

Washington (CNN Business)The Supreme Court won't stop a lawsuit brought by Sandy Hook victims' families against Remington Arms Co., the manufacturer of the semi-automatic rifle that was used in the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school.

The Court decided not to take up an appeal by Remington. That marks a blow to the gun industry: Depending on the outcome of the case, it could open the door to gun violence victims' families suing gun manufacturers for damages.
The Sandy Hook victims' families are "grateful" for the Supreme Court's...

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