Massachusetts AG leads coalition against Remington in defective rifle trigger case

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 19, 2017

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on July 7 that her office is leading a coalition of 14 attorneys general in attempting to hold Remington responsible for harm caused by the company’s allegedly defective rifle triggers.

The coalition filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit involving Remington that is currently in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

The case involves 7.5 million Remington rifles that allegedly were produced with defective triggers that are prone to accidentally fire without a trigger pull. The attorneys general believe the current settlement with Remington unfairly terminates the valuable legal claims for the rifle owners while harming consumers by leaving them open to an ongoing risk of death or injury.

The coalition claims that documents show that Remington has known of defective triggers for decades but has failed to take action to correct the design. Additionally, Remington allegedly has failed to properly notify consumers of the defect.

Massachusetts led the brief, and the attorneys general from California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington joined.

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