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Motion to Compel Played Key Role in Success of Sandy Hook Families’ Lawsuit Against Remington, The American Lawyer Notes in Interview With Chris Boehning
February 23, 2022
Litigation partner Chris Boehning was interviewed by The American Lawyer’s Ross Todd about the important contributions of a more than 50-lawyer Paul, Weiss team to the success of the wrongful death class action against Remington Arms Co. LLC, maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The article focused on the leadership of the Paul, Weiss team in litigation strategy, including in connection with a successful motion to compel that produced tens of thousands of internal Remington documents—providing the evidentiary record the nine Sandy Hook families needed to reach a record $73 million settlement with the Remington estate on February 15.
“When you get a window into an adversary that has basically operated in complete darkness, without any scrutiny — not even regulatory scrutiny — you can imagine how unguarded people are,” Chris says in the interview.
The article also notes the team’s role in preserving the families’ claims during Remington’s bankruptcy, and highlights the leadership of Chris, alongside the substantial contributions of counsel Janus Schutte and partners Kyle Kimpler, Elizabeth Sacksteder and William Clareman.
“[Gun companies] were used to that level of immunity and not having to turn over documents and being able to run out the clock and hopefully get out on a motion,” Boehning says. “You know, we weren’t going to let that happen.”