Edward Burdett, of Jacksboro, Texas, filed the civil suit in a Dallas federal court on Dec. 22. The lawsuit is to cover medical costs, court costs and an award exceeding $75,000.
According to the complaint, Remington violated consumer protection laws by falsely advertising the quality of its products, and was negligent by knowingly manufacturing a faulty design.
Burdett needed extensive medical treatment, including reconstructive surgery to salvage his foot, because a round discharged and struck his foot as he closed the bolt on his Remington 700.
The incident occurred late December 2013 when he was on a hunting trip in Wichita Falls. Burdett and two friends, one of whom is a Texas Game Warden, were sitting inside a pickup truck parked on the ranch after five or six hours of hunting, the complaint says.
The lawsuit describes Burdett’s rifle as sitting next to him with the bolt open, which is required by state law, and barrel pointed toward the floor of the truck. But then the group saw a band of hogs walking toward the truck, so Burdett grabbed his rifle and slid the bolt closed to load the rifle.
However, the rifle discharged as the bolt closed and the round struck Burdett in the foot. He did not pull the trigger, the lawsuit says.
The complaint borrows details from other cases against…