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Exploding thermos bottle basis for product liability complaint

By Jon Campisi | Aug 23, 2012

Stanley thermos corp

A Philadelphia man has initiated a product liability complaint against the makers of a thermos bottle after the device allegedly exploded without warning, causing severe injuries to the plaintiff’s right eye.

Attorneys Howard J. Levin and Beth A. Adamski filed the civil action Aug. 20 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Karl Radford.

The defendants listed in the complaint are Seattle, WA-based Stanley Corp. and Pacific Market International LLC, and Brentwood, TN-based Stanley Outdoor Thermos Corp.

The complaint alleges that on Nov. 6, 2010, Radford went to open his thermos bottle when it unexpectedly blew up in his face.

The thermos bottle in question had been purchased by Radford about four to five years prior to the incident, and there had never before been a problem with the product, the suit claims.

Radford had bought the Stanley 2 QT/1.9L vacuum bottle at a retail home improvement store in Philadelphia.

As a result of the incident, Radford suffered eye injuries that required medical attention.

The plaintiff also sustained injuries to his nervous system, and he has suffered emotional distress and monetary losses related to his treatment.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of manufacturing, designing, producing, assembling, selling and distributing a thermos bottle that was unreasonably dangerous at the time of its original manufacture and sale; failing to properly inspect the product; failing to design a safe thermos bottle; failing to warn the plaintiff and others of the defects in the product; failing to equip the product with proper safeguards and safety devices; and failing to give appropriate instructions as to the use and maintenance with regard to the product.

The lawsuit contains counts of strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty.

Radford demands judgment against the defendants for damages in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs.

A jury trial is being demanded.


The case ID number is 120801934. 

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