Gunmaker SIG Sauer, headquartered in New Hampshire, is facing another possible class-action lawsuit. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that a person can fire the P320 pistol without pulling the trigger. The complaint alleges that SIG Suer continued to sell the gun even after they discovered the gun’s potential for malfunctioning. If you have suffered an injury related to a design flaw or manufacturing flaw, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the skilled New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at Ward Law Group to discover how we can help you today.
New Hampshire’s Consumer Protection Act
The Regulation of Business Practices for Consumer Protection, commonly known as the Consumer Protection Act, seeks to protect New Hampshire consumers. The Act prohibits companies from using deceptive or unfair acts or practices. It also prevents the use of unfair methods of competition in commerce or trade within New Hampshire.
The Consumer Protection Act prohibits companies from claiming that a product has specific characteristics that they do not have. Some consumers allege that SIG Suer claimed that their guns are “drop safe.” They further allege that the firearms are not “drop safe” and will shoot off a bullet when dropped on the ground. Last month, a Philadelphia law enforcement officer alleged that his P320 fired without anyone pulling the trigger while he was at a subway station.
Remedies Available Under New Hampshire’s Consumer Protection Act
Businesses that violate New Hampshire’s Consumer Protection Act fact the following consequences:
- Equitable relief
- Attorneys’s fees
- Misdemeanor penalties
- Injunctive relief
- The number of actual damages or $1,000, whichever is greater
- Civil state penalties of up to $10,000 per violation
When a company engages in a willful violation of the Act, a court could impose treble damages not less than double damages.
SIG Sauer Recently Settled a Personal Injury Lawsuit
SIG Sauer settled a personal injury lawsuit with a law enforcement officer in Virginia. She filed a $10 million lawsuit in federal court, alleging that her department-issued SIG Sauer P320 handgun fired into her leg. The pistol allegedly fired without her pulling the trigger as the officer removed the gun from her belt. The law enforcement officer suffered severe leg wounds caused by the bullet firing into her leg. Neither party disclosed the settlement amount.
Damages Available in a Civil Lawsuit
If you have suffered an injury caused by a defective product in New Hampshire, you might be entitled to compensation. The product liability attorneys at Ward Law can help you determine whether or not you are entitled to monetary damages for your injuries caused by the defective product. There are three main types of product defect causes of action — design defect, manufacturing defect, and marketing defect.
Successful products liability plaintiffs may be able to recover the following types of damages:
- Past and future medical treatment expenses
- Compensation for emotional suffering, physical pain, and mental anguish
- Reduced earning capacity due to permanent or temporary disability
- Damage to personal property
Contact the skilled New Hampshire personal liability attorneys at Ward Law to discuss how we can help you today.