The families of nine Sandy Hook school shooting victims settled a lawsuit for $73 million on Tuesday against the maker of the AR-15-style rifle used in the massacre, in what is believed to be the largest payout by a gun manufacturer in a mass shooting case. The agreement is a significant setback to the firearms industry because the lawsuit worked around the federal law protecting gun companies from litigation by arguing that the manufacturer's marketing of the weapon had violated Connecticut consumer law. The families argued that Remington, the gunmaker, promoted sales of the weapon that appealed to troubled men like the killer who stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, killing 20 first graders and six adults. The lawsuit was filed by relatives of five of the children and four of the adults. "These nine families have shared a single goal from the very beginning: to do whatever they could to help prevent the next Sandy Hook," said Josh Koskoff, the lead lawyer for the families. "It is hard to imagine an outcome that better accomplishes that goal." In addition to the financial settlement, lawyers for the families said that Remington agreed to… Read full this story
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