Frivolous Lawsuits Cause Gas Can Manufacturer to Close

Those red plastic gas cans which you use to bring gasoline home from the gas station to fuel your lawnmower or snow blower will now be tougher to get thanks to lawsuits against the maker of the gas cans.  Blitz U. S.A., which makes 75% of those gas cans sold in America,  closed its doors recently and went out of business in the face of a slew of lawsuits.  The lawsuits have mostly been brought by people who were burned after they stupidly poured gasoline on an open fire.  Most of lawsuits have already been dismissed as frivolous, but the cost to fight the lawsuits has caused insurance increases to the company such that they can’t stay in business.  This could not come at a worse time for the homeowners dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, because portable gas cans are in short supply just when they are needed to fuel cars and portable generators in the disaster areas.