Texas High Court Nixes $3M Bic Lighter Defect Verdict

Law360, New York (June 20, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed a $3 million judgment in favor of a woman who said a manufacturing defect in a Bic Pen Corp. cigarette lighter allowed her son to set fire to her daughter's dress, causing severe injuries.

The court concluded that the children's mother, Janace Carter, had not produced enough evidence to support a finding a that her daughter's injuries were caused by a manufacturing defect. Although Carter had proven that the lighter did not meet the specifications for two of the...
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