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Wal-Mart agrees to pay $25 million in settlement

When consumers purchase a product, they expect it to be safe enough to use as directed. Unfortunately, this is not always the way things work out. In some instances, defective products make their way to the market and as a result consumers put themselves in position to be injured or even killed.

No matter if you are one of our California readers or live somewhere else in the United States, you are likely familiar with Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the country.

According to NBC news, the retail chain has agreed to pay approximately $25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of consumers who were allegedly killed or injured as the result of an explosion caused by a portable plastic gas can.

The money that is being offered by Wal-Mart is a small portion of the proposed $161 million fund with the purpose of settling multiple lawsuits against the manufacturer of these cans, Blitz USA. Although things are moving forward and Wal-Mart is doing its part in putting this behind them, a hearing on the proposed settlement is not set to take place until early in 2014.

Wal-Mart sold millions of gas cans manufactured by Blitz USA. Despite the fact that the retail chain is offering money toward the settlement, the company is not acknowledging that there is a safety defect in the cans.

There is no denying the fact that dangerous products can make their way to the public from time to time. Anybody who has been injured by a defective product can consider reaching out to a personal injury attorney who can protect your rights and guide you through the legal process of compensation for such a hardship, no matter how minor or serious the injury.


Source: 
NBC News, "Wal-Mart agrees to contribute $25 million to settle gas can explosion lawsuits" Lisa Myers, Dec. 09, 2013

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