Remington was ordered by a Louisiana judge to pay $500,000 to Precious Seguin for a personal injury sustained from one of the gun manufacturer’s products. The settlement falls under the Louisiana Products Liability Act, which awards consumers reimbursement for damage caused by a manufacturer’s products.
According to Seguin, she was injured during a hunting excursion with her family in the fall of 2013. Her father was carrying his Remington 710 bolt-action rifle over his shoulder as they traveled through the brush. A tree branch caught the rifle, flung it back and dislodged the safety. A round discharged, shooting Seguin in the butt, at which point it traveled through her hip and exited her elbow.
Remington claimed independent testing found the firearm only charged when the trigger was pulled. They also pointed to a statement Seguin’s father made to local law enforcement officers, stating the firearm was accidentally discharged by a tree branch.
The trigger, in this case, the Walker Fire Control, has more than 4,000 documented complaints and around a dozen deaths associated with the product. In March, Remington settled a class action lawsuit in which they were required to remove defective rifles out of circulation.
The lawsuit cost the company a staggering $12.5 million.