Rodgers v. Remington Arms Company, Inc.
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS 30 ; 20 Motion to Dismiss filed by Remington Arms Company, Inc. is granted; case dismissed. Signed by Honorable Harry F. Barnes on July 12, 2011. (cnn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
EL DORADO DIVISION
DAVID RUSSELL RODGERS
and BENJAMIN D. BROOKS,
Individually and on behalf of
all others similarly situated
REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY, INC.
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed November 29, 2010, by the
Honorable Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
(ECF No. 30). Judge Bryant recommends that Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 20) be
granted in its entirety. Plaintiffs have responded with timely objections. (ECF No. 32). Defendant
has responded to Plaintiffs’ objections (Doc. 34). Plaintiffs have filed a reply to Defendant’s
response. (ECF No. 35). After reviewing the record de novo, the Court adopts Judge Bryant’s
Report and Recommendation as its own.
In their amended complaint, Plaintiffs allege that “Remington impliedly represented and
warranted that its rifles were free of defects; of merchantable quality; and/or fit for their intended
purpose.” ECF No. 16 ¶ 64. The Court agrees with the magistrate judge that Plaintiffs’ implied
warranty claim should be dismissed. To establish a breach of implied warranty claim, Plaintiffs must
establish that at the time their rifles left the control of the manufacturer, it was in a defective
condition, and that such a defective condition was the proximate cause of an injury. Roberts v.
Sunbeam Products, No. 4:05-cv-000183, 2005 WL 3447609 at *1. Plaintiffs have not alleged that
they have been harmed or injured by the alleged defect in the rifle. Accordingly, their implied
warranty claim must fail.
The magistrate also recommends the dismissal of Plaintiffs’ express warranty claim because
Plaintiffs have not properly pled damages, which are essential to establish a breach of express
warranty. Briehl v. General Motors Corp., 172 F.3d 623, 630 (8th Cir. 1999). The Court agrees
with the analysis in the well-reasoned opinion of the magistrate judge. As stated above, Plaintiffs
have not alleged a that they have been harmed or injured by the alleged defect in the rifle.1
For reasons stated herein and above, as well as those contained in Judge Bryant’s Report and
Recommendation (ECF No. 30), Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 20) is GRANTED
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 12th day of July, 2011.
/s/ Harry F. Barnes
Hon. Harry F. Barnes
United States District Judge
Plaintiffs assert that their claims sound in contract, which would allow them to recover
benefit-of-the-bargain damages. However, the Court disagrees and finds that the heart of this
action rests on principles of product liability and is basically a no-injury product liability case.
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