A US federal court upheld that the eleven arms manufacturing companies that were sued by the Mexican government for negligence can present their defense arguments together.
Judge Dennis Saylor of the Federal Court of the District of Massachusetts, responded positively to the request made by the lawyers of the arms and ammunition manufacturing and distribution companies, after noting that joint actions are “the most efficient way” to resolve this judicial matter, in accordance with information Millennium.
The government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador filed a civil lawsuit against these companies for promote “negligent and illicit” business practices, which facilitate the illegal arms trade and fuel violence in the Latin American country.
The deadline to respond to the lawsuit filed by the Mexican government is the next November 22. The companies are expected to present their legal defenses before the aforementioned deadline.
Following the response from the arms companies, the Mexican government will present its reply to the arguments of the counterparties before January 31, 2022, according to reported the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) of the Latin American country.
“The defendant companies must present their rejoinder before February 28, 2022,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry detailed in a press release published on September 19.
For the Mexican government, US manufacturers incur “negligent practices “in the design, advertising and sale of weapons, which include the lack of background checks on buyers – who many times resort to foremen -, as well as the permissibility in the multiple sale of weapons.
Las once empresas señaladas en la demanda civil son: Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.; Beretta U.S.A. Corp.; Beretta Holding S.P.A.; Century International Arms Inc.; Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC.; Glock, Inc.; Glock GES.M.B.H.; Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.; Witmer Public Safety Group, Inc.; y D/B/A Interstate Arms.
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