Bloomberg Law
Aug. 21, 2023, 9:25 PM

Officer’s $7.5 Million Verdict Upheld Against Ammunition Maker

Julie Steinberg
Julie Steinberg

A SWAT team member injured by a stray Safariland LLC ammunition round during a training exercise was properly awarded $7.5 million, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held Monday.

The jury reasonably found that Safariland didn’t adequately warn that its breaching rounds, which assist officers in breaking down doors, didn’t disintegrate when they struck wood, the appeals court said in affirming a district court finding.

Breaching rounds are used to disable hinges and other attachments on doorframes. When used as intended, they disintegrate harmlessly on impact with the metal, the court said.

But David Hakim’s fellow officer ...

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