The Last Week: How Lawsuits Doomed an American Icon
This outstanding, 18-and-a-half minute documentary tells the story of Blitz, a Miami, Oklahoma, manufacturer of gasoline cans forced into bankruptcy.
Once employing 350 people, the factory closed in August 2012.
Law suits were filed against the company by trial lawyers representing people who became severely burned after pouring gasoline on fires.
People poured gasoline on fires — and trial lawyers sought monetary damages from the manufacturer of the gasoline cans.
The Last Week: How Lawsuits Doomed an American Icon was recently screened at the Anthem Film Festival. It is available for free viewing on YouTube; see the embedded video below.
In the film, a lawyer for Blitz says juries cannot look at disfigured people without feeling compassion, and out of compassion, they award the burned individuals. The company pays.
However, the company’s research found nothing that could protect people who choose to pour gasoline on fires.
In another scene, the former CEO for Blitz says the trial lawyers are multi-millionaires, and he claims the burned individuals only get a small portion of the settlements.
A former employee, whose husband is dying of cancer, says, “We kind of feel like we’re being punished for our products being misused.”