Major US Gas Can Maker Shuts Doors

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    The recent closing (7/31/12) of a major US gas can manufacturer has probably not been noticed by most folks. Chances are, though, if you were to go out to your garage or shed, you'd likely find a gas can made by Blitz USA. At one time, they had about a 70-75% market share of US fuel can sales. Blitz was a major supplier to Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, and Tractor Supply, among others.

    No more.

    A US-based company, with 117 employees, is shut down. Not through competition, manufacturing inefficiencies, increased cost of raw materials and labor, or product obsolescence. The company was killed by dozens of frivolous lawsuits.

    These lawsuits were primarily filed by four law firms, hoping to make a buck, or a million bucks, or more. The lawsuits were generally along the lines of "Blitz USA made the gasoline can that exploded when I disregarded the multiple warnings molded into the exterior of the container, and poured gasoline from the container onto a burning fire. I was burned, and it's all their fault."

    The vast majority of the "victims" in the fuel container fires were idiots. Who, in their right mind, pours gasoline onto a fire? The only innocent victims, in my mind, were the bystanders such as the 4 year old child killed when her father poured gasoline into a wood burning stove INSIDE A CAMPER. Dumb...just plain dumb.

    Then multiple law firms got involved. They "spun" their legal cases to portray Blitz as an evil, incompetent, unfeeling corporate entity who was negligent in the design & manufacture of their products. Yup, negligent. Apparently Blitz should have designed their fuel cans such that it was impossible for users to harm themselves. Who needs to take personal responsibility when you can hire a law firm on a contingency basis?

    After spending nearly $30 million in defending itself from more and more and more lawsuits, and being unable to afford future insurance policies, Blitz was forced to close its doors.

    When I stopped by Tractor Supply a few days ago to buy a 2.5 gal gas can, I bought one that was made in Canada. There were no Blitz cans on the shelves.

    See more info at:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tl2yDpC76k

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaN6QjG2Sf0

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/3686...gas-reform.htm

    http://caldwellscorner.com/blog/2012...s-in-miami-ok/
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    And so many lawyers run our country...not well run...but run
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    Yup - just see the IRS regulations for a great example of lawyer-regulated inefficiency.
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    So a US company goes out of business and 107 people lose their jobs over frivolous lawsuits. However, we can't have tort reform because it hurts the little guy at the expense of the greedy corporations. We're in a handbasket. Anyone see which way it's headed?
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    This is why many rural counties do not have an OB. The malpractice it prohibitively expensive. My microbiology professor was a retired OB/GYN and he said his malpractice insurance cost him over $90K a year. Unless you have an office full of patients year round you can't afford that and your medical school loans, not to mention your living expenses.

    Everyone is looking for the quick buck and is willing to put the blame of all their woes on someone else.
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    Quote from azhiker96
    So a US company goes out of business and 107 people lose their jobs over frivolous lawsuits. However, we can't have tort reform because it hurts the little guy at the expense of the greedy corporations. We're in a handbasket. Anyone see which way it's headed?
    It was 117 people, not 107. That being said, I'm inclined to take a Shakespearean approach.

    ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,'' was stated by Dick the Butcher in ''Henry VI,'' Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73. (ref: 'Kill the Lawyers,' A Line Misinterpreted - Letter - NYTimes.com )

    Our legal system is totally messed up. Along with our tax code, among other things.
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    Quote from CrufflerJJ
    It was 117 people, not 107. That being said, I'm inclined to take a Shakespearean approach.

    ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,'' was stated by Dick the Butcher in ''Henry VI,'' Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73. (ref: 'Kill the Lawyers,' A Line Misinterpreted - Letter - NYTimes.com )

    Our legal system is totally messed up. Along with our tax code, among other things.
    True.
    So what can be done about greedy lawyers? The ads are on TV all the time.
    I've enjoyed John Grisham novels. He got his ideas from somewhere.

    I know an ER Nurse who was working when an ambulance chaser tried to sign on as a patients attorney right in the ER. She stopped him on the basis of HIPAA. he was asking her questions impersonatine a relative.
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    Part of the malpractice issue is related to the "thin white line" that physicians will not cross when it comes to outting a malpracticing or dangerous peer. All of us nurses have worked at some point with a physician who should not have been doing what they were doing...diverting drugs, drinking on the job, experiemental treatments without proper authority, etc. In my experience, when there is a malpracticing or incompetent nurse in the workplace professionals will line up to get that person out of the care delivery system...even other nurses. When it is a physician, however, that line will include very few if ANY docs willing to stand out and advocate for revocation of license or suspension etc. If they are not willing to police their own they will pay a price, and they are. The insurance companies charge them that much because:
    1/ they can
    2/ the medical peers do not run them out of practice and so they cost the system $$$ in litigation.

    We used to be able to establish a contract with a shake of the hand and a note on a napkin. Now we need 2 lawyers and 20 pages of print that only THEY understand to do anything. I am always tempted when dealing with legal documents to ask for it in English rather than legalese...
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