Liquidation of US gas can manufacturer blamed on litigation

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    Blitz USA manufactures 75% of the plastic gas cans on the market as well as exporting their products to other countries, but now they are forced to liquidate as a result of the costs of product liability insurance and a "storm" of lawsuits. Their Oklahoma plant will close at the end of July and 117 employees will be out of work.

    The liability suits, 42 of them brought by the same three lawyers, "accused the company of making faulty cans that explode when used to pour gasoline onto fires." I don't know about you, but whenever I have a fire going, I reach for my trusty plastic gasoline can and pour some on the fire; doesn't everybody? I don't know all the details about this other than what is in the links below, but it would seem that these are frivolous charges made to enrich the lawyers and the result is another US company folding and more jobs lost. Is there no common sense left in this country?

    Largest maker of gas cans going out of business | Marketplace.org

    Plastics News - Beleaguered gas can manufacturer Blitz USA closing down
     
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    did you look into the law suits or are you just jumping to conclusions?
     
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    Explosion of lawsuits against gas can maker | Southeast Texas Record



    Representing Blitz, Chuck Craig described the potential problems with the use of flame arresters. He said if not properly designed, the device could reduce the fill rate and result in fuel spills and gasoline impurities may eventually clog the flame arrester making the gasoline container useless.

    According to records from the meeting, Craig told the commission that in occupational settings flame arresters have been used for many years, those containers are made of metal, thus grounding the flame arrester to the metal body of the container. Consumer gasoline containers are plastic and present the possibility of static charge building as the gasoline passes through the arrester and into the container, potentially creating a spark.
     
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    In February in northeast Texas, Jonathon Green was burning brush in a barrel. He attempted to pour gas on to the brush, but the gas container exploded covering Jonathon in burning gasoline and flames. In an effort to save his life, Jonathon was airlifted from Texarkana's St. Michael's Hospital to Little Rock's Arkansas Children's Hospital. However, the burns were too severe. After 29 days of treatment, 20-year-old Jonathon died. Jonathon's mom, Rene Green, filed a wrongful death suit against Blitz, USA, Inc. on Aug 28.


    now realise they were pouring gas arround NO flame.


    static electricity started the ignition.




    http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/205542-explosion-of-lawsuits-against-gas-can-maker
     
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    see what happens when you accept crap from the robmoney campaign without looking into the real story
     
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    People are stupit to use gasoline to burn anything .

    Use diesel or some slower burning accelerant.

    btw the lawyer is a republican ;)
     
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    the cases dont involve pouring onto a lit fire.

    they were people pouring gas on brush or logs BEFORE they lit the fire.


    the ignition was static electricity due to the design of the can itsself.
     
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    Your own link has failed you again...

    No flame arrester, no static build-up.
     
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    There is gonna be a gas can shortage, better stock up.

    Serious stuff.
     
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    Loser pays. That's the way the rest of the world handles lawsuits. You bring a lawsuit and lose, you pay the other guy's legal expenses. I believe we should adopt such a common sense approach to tort law, which would not only keep more manufacturing (and jobs) here but would have a significant impact on reducing healthcare costs.
     

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