Over 7.5 million Remington gun owners will be impacted by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith’s decision in a class action lawsuit, which argued a number of Remington rifles have trigger issues.
From the lawsuit:
A proposed nationwide Settlement has been preliminarily approved in a class action lawsuit involving certain Remington firearms. The class action lawsuit claims that trigger mechanisms with a component part known as a trigger connector are defectively designed and can result in accidental discharges without the trigger being pulled. The lawsuit further claims that from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014, the X-Mark Pro® trigger mechanism assembly process created the potential for the application of an excess amount of bonding agent, which could cause Model 700 or Seven bolt-action rifles containing such trigger mechanisms to discharge without a trigger pull under certain limited conditions. The lawsuit contends that the value and utility of these firearms have been diminished as a result of these alleged defects. Defendants deny any wrongdoing.
Despite testimony – and objections – from gun owners, legal experts and nine state attorney generals, Judge Smith ruled against Remington after sending both parties back to negotiations. He decided some gun repairs were better than no gun repairs.
Those who have the following Remington’s can have their trigger replaced free of charge:
- Current owners of Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722, and 725 firearms containing a Remington trigger mechanism that utilizes a trigger connector;
- Current owners of Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles containing an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014 who did not participate in the voluntary X-Mark Pro product recall prior to April 14, 2015; and
- Current and former owners of Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles who replaced their rifle’s original Walker trigger mechanism with an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism.
Remington is offering a voucher worth between $10 to $12.50 for models that are too old to qualify under the lawsuit. Models include the 600, 660, 721, 722, 725 and XP-100.
From a CNBC report of the lawsuit:
Critics of the settlement alleged Remington deliberately downplayed the risks in order to suppress claims in the settlement, and that plaintiffs attorneys — who will now collect $12.5 million in fees — did not do enough to hold Remington’s feet to the fire.
The attorneys general argued that Remington should be required to admit the guns are defective.
Remington will pay $12.5 million in attorneys fees. The total cost of trigger repair is expected to be around $488 million.
If you believe your gun has been impacted and need to file a claim, click here.