A 16 year-old girl was struck by a bullet from a Remington 700 model rifle while Christmas shopping with friends. Unfortunately, the girl died of her wounds. The weapon which killed the girl was the subject of an extensive FBI investigation. This investigation took nearly a year. The owner of the rifle claimed he never touched the trigger, and the rifle misfired. After nearly twelve months of investigating the incident, the FBI confirmed that the rifle did indeed misfire. The investigation was a relief to the owner of the weapon, but it is no comfort to the family of the girl who died. Her family has commenced a suit against Remington for the death of the girl. This is not the first suit brought against Remington for a misfire with this type of rifle. According to one report, there have been over twenty claims with similar allegations brought against Remington. Many of these claims settled out of court, and therefore, the details are unknown.
Remington has consistently defended its rifles as reliable. The plaintiffs will argue otherwise. If this case goes to trial, it could mean trouble for Remington. The company will have to explain to a jury that it was not liable with this particular weapon. This could be a tough defense to make out since the FBI has concluded there was a weapon malfunction. Likely, Remington will settle this claim out of court.
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