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Back to trial in explosion case Posted on 13 Jan 2016 in the Current Issue categories.

In the case of Wilmes v. Consumers Oil Co. of Maryville, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District reversed the trial court dismissal of this propane explosion case... Read more»

Taking precautions when attending site inspections Posted on 19 Oct 2015 in the Current Issue & Featured categories.

For those of you who have provided propane or performed services to an account that sustained a fire or explosion, you might have received a letter advising that you may... Read more»

Recordkeeping helps exonerate propane marketer in house-fire lawsuit Posted on 24 Aug 2015 in the Current Issue & Featured & Legal categories.

A new home was built in South Carolina in early 1999. As part of an installation, a propane marketer there was asked to install an underground propane tank and run gas... Read more»

City exposed to potential liability by not moving residents during leak Posted on 14 Jun 2015 in the Current Issue & Legal categories.

In the case of Oden v. City of Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals determined that the city could be liable for injury claims brought by two people burned in... Read more»

Court dismisses lawsuit against marketer based on Missouri statute Posted on 29 Mar 2015 in the Current Issue & Legal categories.

In the case of Wilmes v. Consumer’s Oil Inc. in Nodaway County, Mo., the trial judge dismissed the plaintiff’s case prior to trial, in part because of Missouri’s immunity statute.... Read more»

Court changes Pennsylvania process for determining product defects Posted on 05 Feb 2015 in the Current Issue & Legal categories.

In Tincher v. Omega Flex, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision issued Nov. 19, the state court changed the law of product liability within its borders. The state law had existed... Read more»

Court allows expert opinion that goes against earlier testimony in case Posted on 25 Nov 2014 in the Current Issue & Legal categories.

There are fact witnesses, physical evidence and expert testimony in the form of opinion. Experts are asked to look at the facts of the case and analyze the evidence. They... Read more»

Legal-theory scenario leads court to dismiss gas company from CSST case Posted on 24 Sep 2014 in the Current Issue & Featured & Legal categories.

Our office was recently involved in a Connecticut case over allegations that corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) manufactured by Omega Flex Inc. was defective because a lightning strike perforated it,... Read more»

Legal, safety issues brought to forefront in aftermath of fatal accident Posted on 20 Aug 2014 in the Current Issue & Legal & Safety and Training categories.

An explosion at the Sunrise Propane industrial facility Aug. 10, 2008, in North York, Ontario, Canada, killed two people, injured many more, caused damage to more than 100 homes, businesses... Read more»

Decision in Colorado offers road map for building defensible case Posted on 26 Jul 2014 in the Current Issue & Legal categories.

In the case of Safeco Insurance v. Plateau Heating & Air Conditioning, et al., Colorado became the first state to issue a published decision on a tort reform statute enacted... Read more»