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Sep 6, 2012 8:44 AM by Dennis Carlson - MTN News

Remington liability case documents opened up to public

BUTTE- A federal district court ruled Tuesday that the public should have access to sealed court documents in a product liability case involving one of the largest rifle manufacturers in the world.

The ruling comes in Aleksich vs. Remington, a 1991 case involving an incident where a Butte teenager was wounded in a discharge of a Model 700 rifle.

A California law firm sought access to the documents on behalf of Richard Barber of Manhattan, whose 9-year-old son, Gus, was killed when the family's Model 700 rifle misfired after a family hunting trip.

Through years of pain-staking research, Barber says design defects cause the rifle to fire without anyone pulling the trigger.

Judge Richard Cebull found in his ruling this week that no compelling reason to keep the case sealed.

Barber believes that the documents will enable the public to learn the full story regarding the Model 700.

"When the largest rifle manufacturer in the U.S. is trying to hide something from the public, it's usually something the public needs to know," he said.

Barber is planning to visit the Butte federal courthouse to inspect the documents this week.

"I still have a long way to go," Barber said.

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