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Savage Arms Rifle Defect Claims Proceed to Trial in Virginia

March 4, 2019, 3:26 PM

A Virginia jury will decide whether Savage Arms Inc. negligently designed, made, and failed to warn users about barrel defects in its 10ML-II stainless steel muzzleloader rifles, a federal court ruled.

James Putman, who says a rifle explosion in 2016 severed his thumb, isn’t entitled to a summary judgment. But Savage may go to trial on his claims including those for punitive damages, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia said March 1.

Putman’s proof that the rifle barrel was inherently flawed, and Savage’s submissions that he misused the gun by shooting unapproved PowerBelt rounds, created a...

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