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Lawyers representing families of the Sandy Hook mass shooting have accused the Remington gun manufacturer of intentionally clouding pretrial discovery with images of cartoons and other random filler.
Nine Sandy Hook families are currently suing Remington Arms for wrongful marketing in connection to the 2012 massacre. The company's AR-15 rifle was used in the shooting which claimed the lives of 28 people, mostly first grade children. Remington filed for bankruptcy protection in 2018.
Lawyers for the nine families claim that the gun maker is essentially trolling them.
“Now seven years into this litigation—a litigation that has twice been delayed by Remington’s bankruptcy filings—the plaintiffs are no closer to having their day in court,” a complaint filed by the families’ lawyers in Connecticut Superior Court last week states. “The reason is simple: Remington refuses to comply with their discovery obligations.”
The complaint claims that Remington produced in their discovery more than 18,500 random cartoons: Minion memes, clip art of ice cream, and images of Santa Claus.
“There are also another 15,825 image files of people gokarting, riding dirt bikes, and socializing, another 1,521 video files of gender reveal parties and the ice bucket challenge, not to mention multiple duplicate copies of Remington catalogues,” the complaint states. There is no possible reasonable explanation for this conduct.”
The complaint alleges that “Remington is desperate to avoid a true review of the internal and external communications detailing its abusive marketing practices.”
It states that Remington has produced the images without "complete metadata [...] so that it is impossible for the plaintiffs to [...] know the origin of much of Remington’s production or to assess whether these seemingly random images and videos are, in fact, relevant."
Amongst the more than 46,000 documents provided by Remington, the lawyers state that there are “6,606 potentially useful documents in response to the plaintiffs’ requests.”
Remington’s lead attorney James Vogts did not respond immediately to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. He told the Connecticut Post on Tuesday that “(Remington) will respond to this motion in the coming weeks, and point out what it believes are incorrect representations, numerous half-truths, and important omissions by (families’) counsel.”
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