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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.


Episode Notes

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.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.