Jury Rules For Remington in Washington Lawsuit

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The Peninsula Daily News is running an article about the failed lawsuit of Thomas D. Hull who was accidentally shot by his hunting partner with a Remington 700 bolt action rifle. The jury took about an hour to review the case before ruling in Remington's favor.

Thomas D. Hull Jr., had contended he was injured by a defective rifle that discharged inside his truck. Hull was wounded at about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 2009, by a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle being unloaded by his hunting partner, Joseph Sotomayor, then 45, also of Port Angeles, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office. Hull was shot in the upper right thigh, Hull said Thursday.


groovy mike's picture

enough common sense to make the right decision

That is a sad state of affairs when a hunter would sue a firearm
manufacturer with such a ridiculous suit to start with. That is the sort of
tactic that HandGunControl Incorporated and their ilk employ. The members of
the jury should be commended for their correct conclusion that this was a silly
suit without merit. I don’t know about that location but here in New York State
it is illegal to have a loaded firearm inside your vehicle anyway.

Even if it weren’t illegal it would still be an unsafe practice (I censored myself from
saying it would be a really stupid practice!). If the victim wants to sue his
hunting partner for neglect and medical damages, that is fine, but it makes as
much reason to sue Remington as it does to sue the manufacturer of the truck!
Ok Ok – I’ll step off my soap box now and just note that I am glad that the jury
had enough common sense to make the right decision.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

I too have read many reports

I too have read many reports on saftey problems from Remington.  I also own many Remington and I have had no issues with any of them.  I really like all my guns and would not hesitate to buy a new one tomorrow.  I have to also agree that most of the gun malfunctions are operator error.  If we all take a biy more time and slow down and remember what we all learned in hunter safety and we will all be better off and may get some people off our backs.

hunter25's picture

I've read many many reports

I've read many many reports about the Remington safety problem and still don't know for sure whats true. I own 3 of them and have never had a problem myself but others swear otherwise. I do know if you keep your finger off the trigger and alway keep it pointed in a safe direction you will never have a problem.

I get very tired of all the lawsuits from people just trying to make a million off of their own stupidity.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Good!  As I have said time

Good!  As I have said time and time again, in MOST cases, it's operator error.

Practice gun safety and proper gun handling, and 95% of the gun accidents would be avoidable.

Hopefully this will stop any other people thinking of trying to make a quick buck off of the Remington news, but I doubt it.  given the fact that our society is lawsuit happy, it'll probably continue.

ndemiter's picture

yes, you have to practice

yes, you have to practice good gun safety.


that's the important question.

why ...

Don't know for sure, but that time of day and year in that part of the state it was already dark and most likely raining.  Not an excuse but likely part of the explanation.  My $.02.