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by srothstein
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Federal
Topic: Gunmaker Remington can be sued over marketing of rifle used in Sandy Hook shooting, court rules
Replies: 26
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Re: Gunmaker Remington can be sued over marketing of rifle used in Sandy Hook shooting, court rules

kayt00 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:59 pm
I think the more accurate relation would be, could a family sue Annheiser Busch, Jim Beam, or Jose Quervo because a family member was killed in a drunk driving crash. How about Ford, GM or BMW because they all create cars that travel fast enough to kill a person (speed is at least advertised).
I think you have hit on the proper analogy. Dodge likes to advertise their cars as performance cars, even showing them racing. Many other companies do similar things. If a person driving a Dodge is street racing and loses control, causing an accident, can I sue Dodge because their marketing convinced him to buy a performance car and drive in excess of his abilities? The driver was committing a crime but the marketing helped convince him to use that specific tool for that crime. Does it change the fact that he wanted to commit the crime and might have chosen a different tool for it if that one had not been marketed that way?

I hope it doesn't ever happen, but it could be an interesting court case to see.

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