- Remington Arms turned over a trove of bizarre documents that included tens of thousands of images of “random cartoons” and pictures to Sandy Hook families who have sued it.
- The cartoons and pictures included images depicting a bowl of ice cream, Santa Claus as well as people go-karting, riding dirt bikes and socializing.
- “There is no possible reasonable explanation for this conduct,” lawyers for the families wrote in a court motion.
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Remington Arms turned over a trove of bizarre documents that included tens of thousands of images of “random cartoons” and pictures to lawyers representing the families of victims in the Sandy Hook school massacre as part of a lawsuit against the bankrupted gunmaker.
Lawyers representing the nine families said that Remington, as part of discovery proceedings, sent more than 18,000 cartoons, more than 15,000 “random pictures,” and nearly 2,000 videos and GIFs that included “ice bucket challenges” and gender-reveal parties, according to a motion filed by the families’ lawyers in Connecticut Superior Court last week.
The cartoons and pictures included images depicting a bowl of ice cream, Santa Claus as well as people go-karting, riding dirt bikes and socializing, the lawyers claimed. One image shows a meme of a sliced-up minion from the “Despicable Me” franchise.
The unusual twist in the court case was first reported by the Connecticut Post.
The Sandy Hook family lawyers charged this was a tactic to delay the proceedings.
“Having repeatedly represented to the plaintiffs and this Court that it was devoting extensive resources to making what it described as ‘substantial’ document productions…Remington has instead made the plaintiffs wait years to receive cartoon images, gender reveal videos, and duplicate copies of catalogs,” the lawyers for the families said in the court documents.
The attorney’s charged, “There is no possible reasonable explanation for this conduct.”
“Now seven years into this litigation – a litigation that has twice been delayed by Remington’s bankruptcy filings – the plaintiffs are no closer to having their day in court,” the lawyers for the families said.
“The reason is simple: Remington refuses to comply with their discovery obligations,” they wrote.
Lawyers for Remington did not immediately return a request for comment by Insider.
In 2014, families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting filed suit against Remington Arms over its marketing of the Bushmaster rifle that was used by Adam Lanza to kill 26 young children and educators in Newtown, Connecticut.