Mississippi Court Reverses Synergy Defense Verdict
Earlier this year, a divided Court of Appeals of Mississippi reversed a jury verdict in favor of propane distributor Synergy.
DELAWARE JURY REJECTS WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM AGAINST RETAILER
On November 3, 2003, a Delaware jury ruled in favor of defendant Southern States Milford Cooperative, in a wrongful death lawsuit that was based on a 1999 propane explosion in Dover, Delaware.
CALIFORNIA JURY REJECTS CYLINDER OVERFILL CLAIM
One of the most common claims involving portable propane cylinders is that overfill has resulted in a release of propane from the cylinder?s safety relief valve. The theory of such a claim is that the liquid propane inside the cylinder expands as the tem
Defense Verdict Affirmed in Georgia Gas Grill Case
In a 3 to 2 split decision handed down last November, the Georgia Court of Appeals has affirmed a defense verdict in favor of the manufacturer of a gas cooking grill, dismissing the claim of a man who was severely burned on his hands and forearms when the
Supreme Court Refuses to Find Development Moratoria Unconsti
On April 23, 2002, the United States Supreme Court delivered its most recent opinion on regulatory takings. The decision addressed the question of whether a temporary moratorium that denied all economic use of property during the term of the moratorium wo
MISSOURI COURT DISMISSES INSPECTION CLAIM AGAINST TWO RETAIL
On January 14, 2002, Circuit Judge James Eiffert of Christian County, Missouri, granted summary judgment motions filed by two propane retailers in a case involving the explosion of a residence. Although the Court ruled without stating its reasons, the ca
FERRELLGAS WINS NORTH DAKOTA GASOLINE VAPOR WARNING CASE
On October 22, Chief Judge Rodney Webb of the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota granted summary judgment in favor of Ferrellgas in the case of Dunbar v. Ferrellgas, Inc. The Court ruled that a propane supplier has no duty to warn consu
MARYLAND COURT DISMISSES CLAIM AGAINST EMPLOYMENT AGENCY IN CONDOMINIUM FIRE LAWSUIT
Contrary to popular opinion, not every propane fire results in a lawsuit against the propane distributor. Here is one where the only parties were a construction contractor and the temporary agency that supplied workers to its construction site.
ILLINOIS COURT REJECTS FLEX CONNECTOR CLAIM
As most readers are aware, flexible gas appliance connectors are corrugated metal tubes used to connect gas appliances to the gas supply lines in a structure. On occasion, these flexible connectors develop a leak that results in an explosion. In the ens
$4 MILLION SETTLEMENT IN MISSOURI APPLIANCE WARNING CASE
The recent trend of increased liability exposure for appliance manufacturers in propane litigation continues. In June 2002 settlements totaling $4 million were completed in the Missouri case of Schmitz v. Emery & Sons, et al. The settlements arose from