Lawyers representing families of the Sandy Hook mass shooting have accused gunmaker Remington to intentionally obscure the pre-trial discovery with cartoon images and other random filler.
Nine Sandy Hook families are currently pursues Remington arm for illicit marketing in connection with the 2012 massacre. The company’s AR-15 rifle was used in the shooting that claimed the lives of 28 people, most of them first grade children. Remington filed an application bankruptcy protection in 2018.
Lawyers for the nine families claim that the arms manufacturer is essentially trolling them.
âNow, seven years after this litigation began – litigation that has been twice delayed by Remington’s bankruptcy filings – the plaintiffs are nowhere near having their day in court. ” a complaint filed by the family lawyers in the Connecticut Superior Court states last week. âThe reason is simple: Remington refuses to comply with its discovery obligations. “
The complaint claims that Remington produced over 18,500 random cartoons during his discovery: Minion memes, ice cream clip art, and Santa Claus pictures.
“There are also 15,825 other image files of people going karting, off-roading and socializing, 1,521 other video files of gender revealing parties and the ice bucket challenge, not to mention several. duplicate copies of Remington catalogs, âthe complaint states. There is no possible reasonable explanation for this conduct. “
The complaint alleges that “Remington is desperate to avoid a true review of internal and external communications detailing its abusive business practices.”
It states that Remington produced the images without “complete metadata.” […] so that it is impossible for the complainants to […] know the origin of much of Remington’s production or assess whether these seemingly random images and videos are, in fact, relevant. “
Of the more than 46,000 documents provided by Remington, lawyers say there are “6,606 potentially useful documents in response to plaintiffs’ requests.”
Remington’s senior attorney, James Vogts, did not immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. He told the Connecticut Post Tuesday that “(Remington) will respond to that query in the coming weeks and point out what he believes to be incorrect representations, many half-truths and significant omissions on the part of the lawyers (of the families).”