HARTFORD, Conn. – The shaper of the firearm utilized in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has offered immoderate of the victims' families astir $33 cardinal to settee their suit implicit however the institution marketed the firearm to the public.
Lawyers for now-bankrupt Remington filed the offers precocious Tuesday successful Waterbury Superior Court successful Connecticut. The 9 families suing the company, who are being offered astir $3.7 cardinal apiece, are considering the proposals, their lawyers said.
A Hartford lawyer representing Remington, James Rotondo, declined to remark Wednesday. The colony offers were filed a time aft a justice denied Remington's petition to disregard the lawsuit.
A Bushmaster AR-15-style firearm made by Remington was utilized to termination 20 archetypal graders and six educators astatine the Newtown, Connecticut, school connected Dec. 14, 2012. The 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, killed his parent astatine their Newtown location earlier the massacre, past killed himself with a handgun arsenic constabulary arrived astatine the school.
Relatives of 9 victims killed successful the shooting accidental successful their suit that Remington should person ne'er sold specified a unsafe limb to the nationalist and allege it targeted younger, at-risk males successful selling and merchandise placement successful convulsive video games. They accidental their absorption is connected preventing aboriginal wide shootings.
One of the plaintiffs, Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old lad Dylan died successful the shooting, said Wednesday that the families request to speech with their lawyers astir the colony offers and declined further comment.
Joshua Koskoff, an lawyer for the families, said the settlements were offered by 2 of Remington's insurers.
“Ironshore and James River ... merit recognition for present realizing that promoting the usage of AR-15s arsenic weapons of warfare to civilians is indefensible. Insuring this benignant of behaviour is an unprofitable and untenable concern model,” Koskoff said successful a statement.
Remington's lawyers person denied the lawsuit's allegations. In their petition to disregard the lawsuit, they argued determination were nary facts presented to found that Remington's selling had thing to bash with the shooting.
Remington, based successful Madison, North Carolina, filed for bankruptcy past twelvemonth for the 2nd clip successful 2 years. Its assets were aboriginal sold disconnected to respective companies.
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