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Defense Verdict in Gas Can Explosion Case

Estate of James Wurster v. The Plastics Group, Inc. d/b/a Wedco Moulded Products

Date: April 12, 2017
Party represented: The Plastics Group, Inc. d/b/a Wedco Moulded Products
Venue: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
State: Iowa
Length of trial: 8 days

Type of case

Product Liability and Wrongful Death

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Defense Verdict

The Estate of the decedent claimed that the lack of a flame arrestor in all openings of the gasoline container caused an explosion when the decedent poured gasoline out of the container onto a fire.  The decedent suffered third degree burns over 80% of his body and passed away hours later.  During an 8 day trial, the defendant denied the Estate's allegations, arguing that the subject container met all governmental, industry and scientific standards at the time it was designed and manufactured.  During closing arguments the Estate requested $17.5M in damages.  After more than a day and a half of deliberations, the jury handed a complete defense verdict to WWHGD's client. 

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