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Frivolous Lawsuits Shut Down Largest Gas Can Co. as Sandy Spurs Demand
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Posted on 11/20/2012 8:33:11 PM PST by chessplayer

The nation’s largest gas can manufacturer has closed its doors due to frivolous lawsuits at a time when Hurricane Sandy victims urgently need the containers.

The company's closure has resulted in a shortage of gas cans for purchase or use in the disaster areas of the northeast, and in the US as a whole.

The company, Blitz U.S.A., is a 50-year-old American business that has closed its doors and laid off all 117 employees. Blitz U.S.A. provided 75% of all gas canisters to the US, a feat which industry insiders say is only possible when a company does everything right.

A swarm of lawsuits hit the company since last March, mostly due to injuries from individuals pouring gas directly onto a lit fire. All but two were thrown out of court for frivolity. Unfortunately, the successful outcomes for the company in the courts did not stop insurance rates from increasing to fiscally unbearable rates.

The company’s closure and the resulting lack of gas canisters could not come at a worse time for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the American Northeast.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fuelcan; lawsuit; productliability; triallawyers

1 posted on 11/20/2012 8:33:14 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

This country is going insane

Anyone who lifts a finger to get something done will be attacked and vilifie by the welfarists


2 posted on 11/20/2012 8:36:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: chessplayer
Hostess Shrugged.

Blitz USA Shrugged.

3 posted on 11/20/2012 8:37:42 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: chessplayer
Well, I guess a gas can shortage matches well with the gas shortage. If you limit customers to two handfuls you don't have to ration explicitly.
4 posted on 11/20/2012 8:38:02 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: GeronL

Between frivolous lawsuits, Obama, atheist and unions ... we are doomed. (Grabbed from the latest headlines.)

Glad G-d us still in control.


5 posted on 11/20/2012 8:43:21 PM PST by doc1019 (Islam, the religion of animals.)
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To: doc1019

Yep.

Gotta punish everybody who thinks they can invest, build, sell or buy....

that’ll help the economy.

right.

/sarc


6 posted on 11/20/2012 8:47:12 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: chessplayer

Now ain’t that just ducky! Now, people will have to carry gasoline around in plastic water bottles, with the resulting fire and poisoning hazards as well as an increase in air pollution.


7 posted on 11/20/2012 8:51:22 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: chessplayer; Kartographer

Maker of about 75% of US gasoline cans has just stopped production. Has huge impact on the northeast.


8 posted on 11/20/2012 8:55:07 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: chessplayer

Hostess bump.

Blitz USA bump.

It takes real cojones and guts to shut down a company. Good for them. Starve the beast.


9 posted on 11/20/2012 8:55:56 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Don’t worry. The plastic water bottle people will get the same treatment. That’ll be the end of those too.

And gallon milk jugs..

stock pile gas cans while you can.


10 posted on 11/20/2012 8:58:54 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: TEXOKIE

Yes saw that earlier and posted a ping on it here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2961645/posts


11 posted on 11/20/2012 9:05:01 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: chessplayer
Now I understand why the price of gas cans - even before Sandy - was so high, even in Walmart.

The chances of meaningful tort reform with Obama in the White Hut? Less than the chance of winning a frivolous lawsuit.

12 posted on 11/20/2012 9:06:23 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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To: chessplayer

Gasoline and booze seems to turn a lot of people into idiots. In this case pouring gas on an open fire? Insane.


13 posted on 11/20/2012 9:07:35 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: GeronL
This country is going insane Anyone who lifts a finger to get something done will be attacked and vilifie by the welfarists

Yep. All one has to do is STOP helping them and wait for the real fun to start.

I do NOTHING to help the Obamanuts. Not in my personal life, not in my professional life.

In my personal life it's easy: I just refuse to have anything to do with them. I don't talk to them, I don't acknowledge their existence, nothing.

At work, I may have to interact with them, but I make them jump through every bureaucratic hoop, dot every i, cross every t before I help them with anything. I make it as miseralbe as possible for them, then I make them feel as useless (as they are) as possible until I'm done with them.

Screw 'em all I say.

14 posted on 11/20/2012 9:17:14 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: chessplayer

We had a steam cleaning machine manufacturer close down years ago because certain people were so dumb they could not read the sign on the tank that said...WARNING! KEROSENE ONLY!

They put gasoline in the tank and burned themselves, sued and the company closed up.


15 posted on 11/20/2012 9:17:27 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Fiji Hill

And the left will blame Blitz USA for shutting down when people need gas cans.


16 posted on 11/20/2012 9:22:41 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: Kartographer

:-D
Thanks for the link!


17 posted on 11/20/2012 9:28:00 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: chessplayer

Easy method to cut down frivolous suits by 90%....

The plaintiff should be required to pay defendants legal costs if the defendant wins in court.

I believe UK and other countries follow this rule.


18 posted on 11/20/2012 9:28:27 PM PST by entropy12 (2-3 new SCOTUS appointments by Obama will ensure killing of unborn for next 30 years)
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To: doc1019

Evidence, please?


19 posted on 11/20/2012 9:42:23 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: chessplayer

They made the best Gas Containers until the Federal Government mandated those so called no spill things. Now you can’t get the gas to go where you want it to go while trying to get the nozzle to open up. Gas gets spilled all over, and takes 10 minutes to empty one container because they have no vent. On top of that the plastic nozzles crack break and fall apart leaving a container that you can’t possibly poor anything thing out of without half of it going all over.

Oh and the price for such luxury was a tripling in the price of the Gas container.

If you have any old ones then hang onto them. They are worth their weight in Gold.


20 posted on 11/20/2012 9:56:51 PM PST by Revel
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To: Revel

Go to your nearest dirtbike dealer and buy their good 5 gallon plastic gas cans with the removable spout hose and normal vent. Easily the best solution.


21 posted on 11/20/2012 10:25:01 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: chessplayer
SOB's...

I'd like to get my hands around their scrawny little necks along with the Tylenol killers who forced everything to be shrink-wrapped and sealed. Oh, and the inventor of those stiff plastic blister-packs that slice your flesh open when you try to remove the product inside.

22 posted on 11/20/2012 10:31:27 PM PST by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: chessplayer
Blitz U.S.A. provided 75% of all gas canisters to the US, a feat which industry insiders say is only possible when a company does everything right....

There was a period a few years ago when you couldn't find a gas can that didn't have an annoying yellow device on the end of the spout. I think it was supposed to reduce pollution from gas vapors but it didn't work right and just made the cans had to use.

All these cans were made by the same company and it was clear that rather than doing everything right, they may have had a hand in passing the law that required the spouts. I don;t remember for certain if this was Blitz, but if so, maybe it is better that they left the scene.

23 posted on 11/20/2012 11:01:39 PM PST by wideminded
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To: Kartographer; TEXOKIE

And what a beautiful mother link it was :)


24 posted on 11/20/2012 11:44:31 PM PST by onona (Don't mean nothin, Molon Labe.)
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To: entropy12

almost all of europe has this legal precedent.


25 posted on 11/21/2012 12:26:23 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: doc1019

“Glad God is in controll.”

Satan is driving.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:3,4)

Satan is the “god of this world.”


26 posted on 11/21/2012 2:52:43 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: wideminded

You can thank California for those self sealing, non vented gas can spouts. C.A.R.B. approved cans are the only ones available for sale now, This is why the excellent Sceptor USGI cans can not be sold in the US as well.


27 posted on 11/21/2012 3:16:13 AM PST by wrench
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To: chessplayer

Never mind the fiscal cliff, the country appears to have gone over a mental cliff with a populace now too stupid to survive.


28 posted on 11/21/2012 4:19:49 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: chessplayer

I believe it’s called an “idiocracy”. With the Prince of Idiots and his Court ensconced on Capitol Hill.


29 posted on 11/21/2012 4:27:32 AM PST by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: chessplayer

National gas cans.


30 posted on 11/21/2012 4:29:43 AM PST by cp124 (Government is value subtracted.)
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To: Revel
They made the best Gas Containers until the Federal Government mandated those so called no spill things. Now you can’t get the gas to go where you want it to go while trying to get the nozzle to open up. Gas gets spilled all over, and takes 10 minutes to empty one container because they have no vent. On top of that the plastic nozzles crack break and fall apart leaving a container that you can’t possibly poor anything thing out of without half of it going all over...

If you have any old ones then hang onto them. They are worth their weight in Gold.

This is one thing I saw coming and I bought up lots of them for my personal use. Have a lifetime supply.

31 posted on 11/21/2012 6:17:35 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: onona; Kartographer

“And what a beautiful mother link it was :)”

ROFL!


32 posted on 11/21/2012 8:57:27 AM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Revel
takes 10 minutes to empty one container because they have no vent.

I haven't seen the ventless cans but couldn't you just punch a hole in the top and make your own vent?

33 posted on 11/21/2012 9:01:57 AM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: Revel

There’s a similar can being sold here made by Scepter, a Canadian company. They are so bad, they actually make the Blitz look like a quality product. Stay away from them.


34 posted on 11/21/2012 9:34:28 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Cut the cable today!)
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To: FunkyZero

If I ever become a terrorist I’m going after the Packaging Engineers Association...


35 posted on 11/21/2012 10:47:43 AM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Fiji Hill
Now ain’t that just ducky! Now, people will have to carry gasoline around in plastic water bottles, with the resulting fire and poisoning hazards as well as an increase in air pollution.

No, now the only gas cans available will be the ones made in China, where the manufacturers are effectively judgement-proof from frivolous lawsuits from the US. This is one major reason why so much manufacturing has gone overseas.

I would not be surprised if a Chinese gas-can manufacturer was behind these lawsuits.

36 posted on 11/21/2012 10:58:49 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: usconservative

nice!

Making them follow the rules to the letter, isn’t that racist?

lol


37 posted on 11/21/2012 10:59:41 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: entropy12
The plaintiff should be required to pay defendants legal costs if the defendant wins in court. I believe UK and other countries follow this rule.

No, because the plaintiff will generally have no assets and his lawyer will be on commission.

Have the plaintiff's LAWYER be required to pay the legal fees, with his license getting suspended if he doesn't pay within 30 days.

38 posted on 11/21/2012 11:02:09 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: null and void

? That God is still in control? It seems scary, doesn’t it? I think He has reached that point of turning us over to our own desires. Going to be quick from here on out.


39 posted on 11/21/2012 11:16:54 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: PapaBear3625

I have no problem with that. The way it is now, the plaintiff’s lawyers have nothing to lose by suing anybody. If they can fool an uninformed and unqualified jury, they hit the jackpot. My company had a permanent legal staff just to defend suits which involved highly technical issues. Neither the judge or the jury was qualified to rule correctly.

Just one example...the users disconnected safety devices, then got hurt losing fingers or even a hand. The jury ignored the cause of accident, and only saw the poor operator as a victim with no hand.

We have 10 times the lawyers/person compared to Japan, and probably much more compared to China.


40 posted on 11/21/2012 12:43:31 PM PST by entropy12 (2-3 new SCOTUS appointments by Obama will ensure killing of unborn for next 30 years)
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