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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Couple allege materials used to apply Sherwin-Williams deck stain spontaneously caught fire and damaged property

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By Marian Johns | Jan 23, 2020

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PHILADELPHIA – An Easton couple are suing a paint company over allegations the product they used to stain their deck self-heated and caused a fire on their property.

Scott and Andrea Mains filed a complaint Jan. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The Sherwin-Williams Co. alleging strict liability, negligence and breach of implied warranty.

The Mains allege they purchased Sherwin-Williams' Thompson's WaterSeal Penetrating Timber Oil for their deck and placed application materials with the product left on it on the lawn next to the deck. They allege that on Aug. 26, 2018, the application materials left on the lawn spontaneously caught on fire, causing extensive damage to the property.

The Mains allege the stain was defective and unreasonably dangerous and that the product lacked adequate warnings and instructions.

The Mains seek monetary relief of more than $75,000, interest, a trial by jury and all other appropriate relief. They are represented by Kenneth Levine of de Luca Levine LLC in Blue Bell. 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:20-CV-00112 

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