The United States and EOTech’s parent company, L3 Communications, settles for USD$25.6 million in its lawsuit over fraud amidst allegations that L3 failed to disclose that the EOTech Holographic Weapons Sights became inaccurate in extreme temperatures and in high moisture environments.
The products, which were alleged to not live up to EOTech’s claims in a USSOCOM warning, experience a shift in zero in a range of different temperatures and was the cause for Elite Defense, who was the international distributor of EOTech sights, to part ways with the company. In their July 2015 filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission they made it known they were aware of impending litigation and had set aside $26 million for the lawsuit.
But what does this have to do with Canada? Well, aside from the international distributor jumping ship, L3 Communications is still open to litigation from its civilian and law enforcement customers both domestically and internationally – including those in Canada that utilize the EOTech sights on their weapons systems such as the RCMP’s Emergency Response Teams (ERT) and various other police agencies and their tactical units across the country where environmental factors such as extreme cold are a very real possibility.
We may or may not see a drop in price for EOTech products, but even if we don’t, this entire situation spells disaster for L3 and its EOTech subsidiary as there are still countless state, county, and local agencies in the US that have yet to sink their teeth into the companies before the international customers fall in line to do the same.