Court allows shooting victim's family to sue Accent Signage


A judge's ruling allows the family of one of the Accent Signage shooting victims to proceed with a lawsuit against the Minneapolis company.

Accent was the site of Minnesota's deadliest workplace shooting last year when Andrew Engeldinger fatally shot six others and himself after learning he'd been fired from his job there. The Associated Press reports the lawsuit by the family of Jacob Beneke claims Accent was negligent because the company should have known Engeldinger was dangerous and handled his firing differently.

As Fox 9 reports, Hennepin County Judge Denise Reilly dismissed a part of the lawsuit that named Engeldinger's estate as a defendant. Fox spoke with a labor attorney who says there are steps employers can take to try to ensure a safe transition, but there will always be some unpredictability when an employee is let go.

St. Louis Park Patch reports the Beneke family is seeking more than $50,000 in damages from Accent Signage Systems.

The Beneke family's attorney told the AP family members are happy with Judge Reilly's ruling. A spokeswoman for Accent Signage said its lawyers were reviewing the ruling.

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Officials at Accent Signage in Minneapolis vowed Monday that the company will continue operations despite the Sept. 27 shooting that left seven dead and two wounded. "Their loss has taken a tremendous toll on our company and had an unimaginable impact on our families," said Shereen Rahamim, wife of the slain owner.