Skip to comments.Frivolous Lawsuits Shut Down Largest Gas Can Co. as Sandy Spurs Demand
Posted on 11/20/2012 8:33:11 PM PST by chessplayer
The nations 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 companys 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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This country is going insane
Anyone who lifts a finger to get something done will be attacked and vilifie by the welfarists
Blitz USA Shrugged.
Between frivolous lawsuits, Obama, atheist and unions ... we are doomed. (Grabbed from the latest headlines.)
Glad G-d us still in control.
Gotta punish everybody who thinks they can invest, build, sell or buy....
that’ll help the economy.
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.
Maker of about 75% of US gasoline cans has just stopped production. Has huge impact on the northeast.
Blitz USA bump.
It takes real cojones and guts to shut down a company. Good for them. Starve the beast.
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.
Yes saw that earlier and posted a ping on it here:
The chances of meaningful tort reform with Obama in the White Hut? Less than the chance of winning a frivolous lawsuit.
Gasoline and booze seems to turn a lot of people into idiots. In this case pouring gas on an open fire? Insane.
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.
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.
And the left will blame Blitz USA for shutting down when people need gas cans.
Thanks for the link!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And what a beautiful mother link it was :)
almost all of europe has this legal precedent.
“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.”
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.
Never mind the fiscal cliff, the country appears to have gone over a mental cliff with a populace now too stupid to survive.
I believe it’s called an “idiocracy”. With the Prince of Idiots and his Court ensconced on Capitol Hill.
National gas cans.
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.
“And what a beautiful mother link it was :)”
I haven't seen the ventless cans but couldn't you just punch a hole in the top and make your own vent?
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.
If I ever become a terrorist I’m going after the Packaging Engineers Association...
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.
Making them follow the rules to the letter, isn’t that racist?
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.
? 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.
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.
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