Gunmaker Submits Thousands of Cartoons in Sandy Hook Lawsuit

By Hannah Claire Brimelow

Remington Arms sent 18,000 cartoons and 15,000 photos of people go-karting and dirt-biking as official court documents as part of a lawsuit they face from Sandy Hook victims’ families. 

The images appear to have no connection in any way to the claims made by the plaintiffs. The families’ lawyers subsequently submitted a complaint to the Connecticut State Superior Court. 

“When the seemingly random cartoons, images, videos, duplicates, and other items noted are accounted for, Remington, it would seem, has spent the better part of seven years producing 6,606 potentially useful documents in response to the plaintiffs’ requests,” the complaint said. It also claims that over 46,000 documents submitted by the gunmaker are irrelevant. 

From NPR: “Court documents show the plaintiffs requested that Remington produce any documents related to the company’s marketing and advertising of its AR-type rifles, including “a complete history of their presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Additionally, plaintiffs requested the files be provided in a way that allowed for full access to user comments, video playback and image metadata. In other words, instead of providing a screenshot of a Facebook video post, plaintiffs asked Remington to instead send the video file itself.” 

The gunmaker did submit over 2,000 emails are part of discovery.  

Remington lead attorney James Vogts said “(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.” 

No other explanation has been offered by the company at this time. The submitted images include emojis, a ‘fillet minion,’ and a farmer.  

The families of the Sandy Hook victims sued Remington in 2014, accusing it of mismarketing the AR-15 rifle that Adam Lanza used to murder 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012,” noted the New York Post. 

The company disagrees and says that Lanza is exclusively to blame for the shooting. The gun was purchased by his mother and kept in an unlocked closet in her home. “ 

The Connecticut Post reported that “Remington made national news last summer when it declared bankruptcy for the second time in two years and was sold for $159 million to Fairfield-based Sturm Ruger and six other companies. A federal bankruptcy judge assured the Sandy Hook families that some of the sale proceeds would be dedicated to keeping the gunmaker’s insurance intact.” 

The United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case in 2019 so it was returned to the state’s high court. After an automatic one year stay of proceedings, the trial is expected to take place in the fall. Jury selection is scheduled in September. Remington Arms has until August 1 to produce any remaining documents.  

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27 responses to “Gunmaker Submits Thousands of Cartoons in Sandy Hook Lawsuit”

  1. Darth_Inconsiderate says:

    Reminds me of the old urban legend about paying a $10,000 fine in loose pennies (or the updated version where the “hero” used nickels.)
    Apocryphal, I know, but same concept – cause a huge waste of time on the “opponent’s” end. Good strategy, actually.
    “You want it ALL? Ok – here-ye-go!”
    Watch the paralegals and interns spend months sorting… and very likely missing stuff.
    They’d be much more apt to miss a few needles of very important data in a huge haystack of irrelevant crap than in a nice, well organized packet of sized needles (to extend the metaphor).

  2. Blaming gun manufacturers for a mass shooting is like blaming your pencil when you fail a test in school

  3. ConCon6612 says:

    Bro,that was my friends aunt

  4. ConCon6612 says:

    Dude,my friends aunt was the idiot who sued mcdonalds because she spilled coffee on herself,dead serious.

  5. ConCon6612 says:

    I couldnt agree more,this should have zero standing

  6. Saurfang says:

    the coffee case is actually more nuanced than someone suing over hot coffee. Her argument was the coffee was excessively hot causing to spill and leaving third degree burns on her lap.

  7. Medgarjr says:

    There was a case where a woman spilled hot coffee in her own lap and sued McDonald’s. She won several million $

  8. heavyirontech says:

    They were doing as requested when the word “any” was used.

  9. heavyirontech says:

    precedents* Not trying to be rude just some don’t know.

  10. sloanmatthews says:

    What a joke of a lawsuit.

  11. thedeugs says:

    the families of sandy hook should sue the school. or maybe idk themselves. suing a gun manufacturer because a gun did what its intended to do is like suing mcdonalds because you’re a fat fuck

  12. noktirnal.rambler420 says:

    Yep. Be careful what you wish for.

  13. noktirnal.rambler420 says:

    Probably something as simple as things posted to social media. They asked for ‘complete’ … they get every meme and cat video

  14. Plaguen says:

    Well if it happens presidents have been set.

  15. Qwerty1 says:

    Yeah! I seem to have missed the ad where some guy enters a school and starts shooting a bunch of innocent kids then holds his AR 15 up and smiles at the camera and then the narrator says, “AR the HOLEMAKER”! Can someone post a link to that marketing!?

  16. Yes we all know marketing is the reason this happened.. I mean yes advertisements can get really annoying some time.

  17. dji82 says:

    That we are allowing this “manufacturers are liable” concept to continue is abhorrent. This is simply an attack on guns, nothing more. If the same concept was applied to vehicle manufacturers, there would be no vehicle manufacturers left in under a decade. Maybe we should allow Boeing and the building construction company to be sued for 9-11. Ohhh… I got it! Lets sue pharmaceutical companies for drug over doses. If we let this ridiculous concept continue, no one will be able to make anything.

  18. WhiskeyRomeo says:

    Sounds to me like the judge has already made up their mind.

  19. hhiter3 says:

    McD made me fat my suit will be up soon as this case is finished. Also I was in a car wreck a while back so I am going after Toyota and Ford. JK

  20. Gorilla56 says:

    The judge may slap Remington for submitting all this but the judge should be slapped for letting this case move forward.

  21. cutter says:

    If Remington is liable for the shooting because they produced the gun, then the public school system and the mental health establishment are liable for producing Lanza.

  22. MaineWolf says:

    The legal system is broken. Their just going after the deepest pockets for settlements. Remington in no way sponsored this shooter.

  23. Xagrof_ says:

    Who left the meme file on the work computer.

  24. Ziggman says:

    So some dumb ass kid used a tool to do something stupid and horrible. Now the victims families are sueing the tool company how ridiculous can this get. Remington lawyer is pretty funny submitting all the extra dumby paperwork. What is this world coming to so if a drunk drive kills my wife and themselves I can sue the car company and or the alcohol company the drunk used to do it? Oooo if I use a rock to kill someone can the family sue mother earth?

  25. CrispyBacon says:

    Plaintiffs made a really broad request for documents. Remmington lawyers aren’t going to sift through and make decisions about what’s relevant (you don’t want to get in trouble for not turning something over), so they gave them everything. Plaintiff attorneys now have to go through the docs and find everything that’s relevant.

  26. CrispyBacon says:

    If you make such a broad request during discovery for complete histories of all the social media accounts and marketing docs, don’t be upset when you get EVERYTHING.

  27. Shadeborne says:

    I’m confused.

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