The Path to the Sandy Hook Settlement
A deft legal strategy led to the largest payout by a gun manufacturer in a mass shooting case.
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Last week, the Remington Arms Company reached a $73 million settlement with the families of nine victims killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre—the largest payout by a gun manufacturer in a mass shooting case.
Federal law protects manufacturers from a broad swath of liability in civilian shootings, so the families’ legal team took an interesting tack: It sued under Connecticut’s consumer protection laws and exposed the reckless way Remington marketed its weapons.
Guest: Nicole Hockley is co-founder and CEO of the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.
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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.