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Remington 700 Trigger Malfunction May Have Killed and Maimed Hundreds

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Remington 700 Trigger Malfunction May Have Killed and Maimed Hundreds

Our Virginia attorneys help people injured by dozens of products, ranging from dangerous pills to car defects or faulty tires. However, a little-known defect on a popular gun is potentially linked to hundreds of deaths and injuries. The Remington 700 trigger malfunction may lead to many lawsuits.

Recently, Public Justice made 1330,000 documents available that show the Remington Model 700 – the most popular bolt-action rifle in the country – as well as other Remington models can fire when nobody pulls the trigger.

The investigation suggests Remington continues to deny the truth and is still selling these hazardous guns.

More than 7.5 million Remington 700 and other rifles with defective triggers are in the hands of gun owners. At any time, this trigger malfunction could kill and injure owners and others.

However, hundreds of people may have already lost their lives or been maimed by this defect.

Remington 700 Trigger Malfunction causes concern

Remington 700 Trigger Malfunction - does gun manufacturer have blood on its hands?

The Remington 700 trigger malfunction issue has ramifications for personal injury as well as the criminal law.

A recent report on 60 Minutes focused on Zachary Stringer, a 15-year-old who was convicted of killing his 11-year-old brother Justin with a Remington 700 in 2011.

Zachary Stringer said the gun went off on its own but his claim was met with skepticism. Remington argued the gun could not go off unless the trigger was pulled. The Public Justice documents suggest otherwise.

If a Remington 700 trigger malfunction killed Justin, the scenario would be very different. Zachary Stringer should be exonerated and his family would be entitled to sue Remington in a wrongful death action.

Remington 700 Trigger Malfunction – Did Gun Manufacturer Ignore the Risks?

Public Justice was able to obtain these important documents as part of the settlement in the case of Pollard v. Remington. This was a national class action in federal court in Kansas City, MO.

The action allowed gun owners who filed claims to be given free trigger replacements for owners of Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman, 78, 673, 710, 715 and 770 guns.

Even more significantly, it would pave the way for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against the gun manufacturer.

The documents published by Public Justice are significant because they appear to highlight a willingness on the behalf of Remington to endanger gun buyers over a long period of time.

As long ago as 2000, a Remington 700 fired without a trigger pull and killed nine-year-old Gus Barber from Montana, reported The Trial Lawyer.

It’s important that anyone in Virginia who owns one of these guns is aware of the dangers. Those who have been injured or the families of the deceased also deserve justice. See our resources about dangerous products here or call us at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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