Exploding Gas Can Litigation—Bryson v. Texaco, et al.

All of us have seen it. Someone pulls up to a self-service gas station, grabs the gas pump, and begins to pump gas into a gas can in the back of their pick-up truck. Although few people know it, this is one of the most dangerous things you can do at a gas station. When a gas tank is placed on a plastic or carpet bed liner on a truck, static electricity builds up while the gas is being pumped. This can cause an electrical arc (or spark) during pumping, which can cause the gas can and the gas pump itself to ignite and explode, resulting in horrific burns or even death to everyone nearby. The gas companies knew of this danger, but failed to provide any warnings to their customers. When Mr. Bryson was severely burned in just such an accident, Nix, Patterson & Roach filed suit on his behalf against Texaco. Through our Firm’s work in this case, we recovered a confidential settlement for Mr. Bryson. Even more importantly, as a result of our lawsuit, gas stations across the country now provide warnings of the danger of static electricity when filling up portable gas cans. These warnings can now be seen at virtually every gas pump.

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Class Period: 03.20.08 - 03.20.08