Have you read anything about the shutting down of Blitz USA, America’s largest plastic gas can maker? If you read any of the stories, you may think that it was a sad story of a company that was sued out of business. Well that may be true, but not for the reasons they are claiming.
The story they are pushing is that they have been put out of business because they have been forced to pay baggillion dollar verdicts after people checked gas levels in their gas cans with lit matches. Now if that were true , I would be wondering how is that possible?
It isn't, because it's not the truth. The lawsuits have come from the more than 75 people who were horribly burned by Blitz gas cans and many of those were children. All because the company failed to install a simple flame arrestor which experts say would have cost less than $1. Other manufacturers use it. Blitz did not.
It was bad, unsafe business practices that put them out of business. They were injuring children and it should have been prevented.
Other articles worth reading here at the legal examiner:
Wall Street Journal's Gas Can Job Loss Claim is Short Sighted, Michael Monheit | August 09, 2012 3:08 PM
Mother Files Wrongful Death Action Against Manufacturer of Exploding Gasoline Container, Amy Rothschild | September 04, 2007 11:58 AM
Overall, there have been 14 deaths, of which 6 were children. The real stories are of children who knocked the containers over or were just walking by when the cans exploded. These aren't jokes or reasons to feel bad for a short sighted company.
Juries don't ever just give money away. It is important when you hear these kinds of stories to ask, "Does that make sense"? Also look at who is bringing you the message and see what interest they have in attacking the civil justice system.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.