Savage Arms, Inc. v. Western Auto Supply Co.

18 P.3d 49 (2001)

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Savage Arms, Inc. v. Western Auto Supply Co.

Alaska Supreme Court
18 P.3d 49 (2001)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

A defective rifle manufactured by Savage Industries, Inc., was acquired by Western Auto Supply Co. (Western Auto) (plaintiff), sold to a retail store in Maine, and eventually resold to Jack Taylor in Alaska. Taylor’s son was injured when the rifle discharged during target shooting. Taylor sought recovery from Savage Industries and Western Auto. Western Auto filed a third-party complaint against Savage Arms, Inc. (defendant), which had purchased Savage Industries’s assets. Western Auto settled with Taylor. The superior court granted Western Auto summary judgment, holding Savage Arms liable as the legal successor to Savage Industries. The Alaska Supreme Court granted Savage Arms’ petition for review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Eastaugh, J.)

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