'No reasonable explanation': Gunmaker sends 'random cartoons' to Sandy Hook families after being ordered to turn over docs

'No reasonable explanation': Gunmaker sends 'random cartoons' to Sandy Hook families after being ordered to turn over docs

For seven years, family members of the victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School have been engaged in a legal battle with gun manufacturer Remington — which was ordered to hand over an abundance of documents to the family members. And attorneys for the families, according to the Connecticut Post, are alleging that some of the documents Remington has provided are meant to create confusion and "avoid a true review" of its "marketing practices."

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother before going to the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killing 26 people — including 20 children and six adults who were part of the staff. Lanza then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. And two years later, in December 2014, members of nine families of the Sandy Hook victims filed a class action lawsuit against Remington.

Reporting on recent developments in the lawsuit, the Connecticut Post's Rob Ryser explains, "In the volume of pretrial data turned over by bankrupted Remington to nine Sandy Hook families suing for wrongful marketing, lawyers said they found 18,000 random cartoons and 15,000 irrelevant pictures of people go-karting and dirt-biking."

A complaint recently filed in court by the family members reads, "Having repeatedly represented to the (families) and this court that it was devoting extensive resources to making what it described as 'substantial' document productions…. Remington has instead made the plaintiffs wait years to receive cartoon images, gender reveal videos, and duplicate copies of catalogues. There is no possible reasonable explanation for this conduct."

Ryser, however, notes that the plaintiffs' complaint "does not allege that all 46,000 documents turned over by Remington are irrelevant."

According to the complaint, "When the seemingly random cartoons, images, videos, duplicates and other items noted are accounted for, Remington, it would seem, has spent the better part of seven years producing 6606 potentially useful documents in response to the plaintiffs' requests.

In an official statement, attorneys for the Sandy Hook families alleged that Remington is trying to create confusion. The statement read, "Remington's.… effort to lard its document production with cartoons and duplicate catalogues sends a strong message about the real motive here. Remington is desperate to avoid a true review of the internal and external communications detailing its abusive marketing practices."


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