Gunmaker Remington Offers $33M to Sandy Hook School Shooting Victims’ Families

By and | July 28, 2021

Remington Arms Co. on Tuesday offered to pay nearly $33 million to nine families to settle lawsuits claiming that its marketing of firearms contributed to the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where 26 people died.

The proposed settlements would provide $3.66 million to relatives of each victim, subject to approval by the federal judge overseeing Remington’s bankruptcy case in Alabama.

Remington’s proposed payout is only a small fraction of the damages that the nine families claimed to have suffered.

In a February court filing, their lawyers estimated that wrongful death claims likely totaled more than $225 million, and total claims including punitive damages could exceed $1 billion.

Josh Koskoff, one of the families’ lawyers, on Tuesday said his clients would “consider their next steps” in response to the offer from Huntsville, Alabama-based Remington.

“Since this case was filed in 2014, the families’ focus has been on preventing the next Sandy Hook,” Koskoff said in a statement. “An important part of that goal has been showing banks and insurers that companies that sell assault weapons to civilians are fraught with financial risk.”

Twenty students and six adults were killed on Dec. 14, 2012, by gunman Adam Lanza, who used a Remington Bushmaster rifle as he shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School after shooting his mother to death at home.

The massacre ended when Lanza committed suicide as he heard police sirens approach.

Only nine families of the deceased children sued Remington. The company disclosed the proposed settlements in filings with the Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury.

Remington had filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2018 and emerged the same year under the control of its creditors.

It filed for bankruptcy again in July 2020, after more retailers restricted gun sales following other school shootings.

(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Del., and Jonathan Stempel in New York Editing by Matthew Lewis)

Top Photo: FILE- In this Jan. 17, 2013, photo, a sign is placed in front of the Remington Arms Company in Ilion, N.Y. U.S. gun maker Remington Outdoor Company filed for bankruptcy protection, after years of falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Records from the bankruptcy court of the district of Delaware show that the company filed late Sunday, March 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)


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  • August 6, 2021 at 4:15 pm
    Libra says:
    I read this week that Mexico filed suit against US gun manufacturers for marketing tactics that entice Mexicans to buy guns from them. (not a joke)
  • July 29, 2021 at 4:04 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
    "The plaintiffs allege that Remington improperly marketed the firearm to a person that did not purchase the firearm." No no no. That's not what the suit was about. The 9 famil... read more
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    Oh Goody says:
    Pintos had a design defect. The defect in this case was in the head of the person that used a properly designed and manufactured product for an illegal purpose that was beyon... read more

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