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October 14, 2016

Judge Strikes Suit Against Remington


A Connecticut Superior Court judge today decided in favor of the Remington Outdoor companies, Camfour Holding and Riverview Sales and struck the amended case brought by some families of the victims in the Sandy Hook School tragedy based on allegations of negligent entrustment. The 54-page decision became available as this report was being finalized.

In the decision, the judge said that the plaintiffs’ allegations did not meet the narrow exception for “negligent entrustment” allowed in the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) nor did it meet this standard under Connecticut law.

“The court ruled as it should in this case,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Larry Keane. “We are again reminded of the bulwark that the PLCAA provides the industry against unreasonable litigation of this type even as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has repeatedly called for its repeal.”

Jim Vogts of Swanson Martin & Bell, who represented Remington, and Chris Renzulli of the Renzulli Law Firm, attorney for Camfour, deserve special recognition for their outstanding work in successfully arguing for their clients in this important case.