Last Chance to Opt-out of Remington Class Action Settlement

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Last year Remington recalled Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”) triggers manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014. With the Model 700 being a very popular rifle worldwide, this may have been the largest firearms recall in history.

Unsurprisingly, soon after this recall was announced class action lawyers sued the company. These lawyers have now settled with Remington. The settlement allows people actually affected by the potentially faulty trigger to have the trigger replaced and a $12.50 voucher for the Remington store. Remington already voluntarily recalled the triggers, so the real outcome is just a $12.50 voucher.

Meanwhile the lawyers Richard Arsenault, Charles E. Schaffer and others will be paid to up $12.5 million. In my opinion, like most consumer class action lawsuits, it existed to enrich the lawyers involved.

The last day to opt out of the Remington Class Action Lawsuit is tomorrow (5 October) at midnight. Some people are complaining that the terms are unfair. They believe if they chose to replace their trigger with a Timney trigger instead of a Remington trigger, they should be paid for that expensive high-end trigger. I think this is ludicrous logic. If my Ford was recalled, I would hardly expect that it should be replaced with a Ferrari.

If you wish to opt out you can email remington@angeiongroup.com or call the Angeion Group (who are contracted to manage the settlement) at 1-800-876-5940.

Personally, I think Remington recalling the trigger was enough and that it is sad our justice system encourages and accommodates frivolous class action lawsuits that serve solely to enrich a handful of lawyers.

Thanks to John for information regarding this settlement.

 

 



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Bronezhilet

    ‘murrica!

  • mike

    email address bounced back

  • hydepark

    Maybe the author should familiarize himself with the history of this 700 blunder. I’m surprised this is the angle TFB is taking this story. I’m sure many of the cases of death and injury were true ND’s, but not all of them. It’s a known unsafe design. This recall has been a long time coming and Remington should be held responsible for its negligence. Too bad the lawyers are the ones taking all the money. Is there something I’m missing here? I don’t see this as a frivolous lawsuit.

    • NDS

      Agreed on the unsafe design comment. Also I thought the recall was expanded to the entire 700 model history, excluding the 40X… Not just the X-Mark Pro.

      I think the author was saying the class action suit just gets lawyers rich, not the claimants… Not that the lawsuit itself was frivolous.

      • hydepark

        Well I re-read and the author seems to say it’s a frivolous suit. I don’t comment too much here and I try to keep things positive but maybe this can be a learning experience for everyone me included. To my knowledge nothing about this suit is frivolous. Remington has been sweeping this problem under the rug since the 700’s inception. It has done so for profit at the cost of actual lives and limbs. Remington should be held financially and legally accountable. The lawyer thing sucks but that’s a complaint about the system. Otherwise what am I missing here?

        • Blake

          I don’t know what you’re missing, but to the majority of us it seems pretty clear the author is just saying it’s a damn shame that our legal system is set up so when these lawsuits go through no one really benefits besides the lawyers.

          • There was a second Objection filed last Friday by a guy near St. Louis (Pennington). The lawyer that wrote the objection used excessive attorney’s fees as opposed to the benefit to the class as one of his several objections. The claims lawyers say they’ve had a .002% success rate in contacting 7.8 Million rifle owners that may or may not want a new XMP trigger and they’ve applied for a $12.5 million payday for it.

          • John Shore

            That just tells us that d@mn’ few people know about the proposed Settlement, and just aren’t sending in the claim forms. Yet.

          • OR, not too many shooters want to send their gun off for an uncertain ‘repair’.
            I really think it’s a matter of total confusion. No matter what the truth is, the fact is there are millions of unduly dangerous firearms and people don’t know which ones or they are or why because REMINGTON has never said.

      • John Shore

        Follow the link given in JBnID’s post below; You will learn that you are correct: This Settlement includes almost the entire 700 class of rifles, most of the 600-series, and the XP-100–7.4 million guns (or maybe its 7.8 million); It’s a MASSIVE case, with major implications. Yes, the 40x is exempt.

        • One correction. The 40X, XB, and variations all do have Walker triggers in them. IF they have adjustment screw, it means it’s a ‘2 once’ target trigger but they all have a connector and that’s the defect in the trigger.
          Most shooters wouldn’t think of replacing a 40X trigger because it’s a TARGET rifle and it’s presumed it’ll only be loaded when pointed down range.

          • John Shore

            Very good point! Yes, 40Xs are a Walker, differing only in the supposed extra care taken in assembly and finish. It might be just a little scary for police officers with Remington 700 Police rifles to find out that their triggers may be just as dangerous as those in any other older Remington rifle being ‘repaired.’ Of course, they may never know–the ‘Settlement’ doesn’t cover sales to government entities–like police departments.
            I have one. Luckily, I’m not ‘police’ any more, and the rifle is for killing targets only. I’m just d@mn’ careful with it.
            However, the ‘Settlement’ says nothing about that.

  • brian

    I have a recalled model or affected 700.
    I was infuriated to the extreme to be told I had to pay for repairing a know defect they recalled to fix. So Screw Remington. If I have to buy a new trigger guess what will trade for a good rifle steyr custom etc.

    • John Shore

      Although it is too late (at Midnight tonight) to opt out of the proposed Settlement, and too late to file an objection to it, nothing prevents you from mailing a letter to the Judge (although he may never see it) or sending Remington a note about your thoughts on it.
      It’s a free country. . .

    • Brian— I’d be interested to know what ‘recall’ your gun is part of and what cost were incurred. I haven’t heard that one before.

      • John Shore

        Now, now–it’s not a ‘recall,’ it’s a ‘Settlement’ where everybody gets to send their rifles in if they really want to do so, because Remington has kindly volunteered, although it isn’t really necessary, to take back 7.4 million triggers and replace them, even though there’s nothing actually wrong with them.
        That’s NOT a ‘recall.’
        Don’t hit me.

  • hydepark

    I’m somewhat disappointed in Steve’s and the other authors’ lack of response to what people have posted here. Safety is way more important to me than whether or not TFB puts out fluff reviews. I hoped this post would get more people talking. If I meet a friend who tells me how great his dad’s 700 is, I ask him to please never bring it around me and explain why.

    • John Shore

      Give it time, sir. Follow the link in JBnID’s post below, to get you started. If it passes the Editor’s review, there IS more to come.

    • John Shore

      The reason why there’s little comment (from 7.4 million owners) is that they don’t KNOW about this Settlement and what it entails. Was it difficult to understand the Settlement information on the Remington website? Did you even know it existed?
      I rest my case. . .