In 1988, the State of Louisiana passed the current version of the LPLA, or Louisiana Products Liability Act. This act protects any Louisiana resident injured by a product that is unreasonably dangerous due to its construction, product design, inadequate product warnings, or the product not meeting specific warranties. This applies only to a “reasonably anticipated use” of the product. Some people out there who might push the envelope and use a charcoal grill to heat their home and then blame their house fire on the grill. That would not qualify as product liability. Corporate greed is rampant, and these laws are designed to protect Louisiana residents. Okalahoma-based Blitz USA, makers of the gas cans that have burned 14 people to death—six of them children–due to their own manufacturing defect, have brought their case to the court of public opinion, stating that lawsuits forced them to lay off 117 employees.
The truth of the matter is, the company was aware from their own internal research that a four-cent piece of metal was all Blitz USA needed to prevent these explosions, and they made the decision to save the money. Anyone who remembers the Ford Pinto case from the 1970s will see the similarities in Blitz USA’s corporate greed and the need for product liability laws to protect our friends and family. If you are facing damaged or personal injury as the result of a product liability, contact Broussard Hart today at (337) 439-2450.