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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lawsuit Wants Brut to Warn that Flammable Things Stay Flammable

A Wisconsin camper is suing the makers of Brut cologne for failing to warn more precisely about the risks of fire from its product.  The camper applied the cologne and then returned to his campsite to light a fire; he allegedly then caught fire himself. 

The Brut products have a warning label that says they should not be used while smoking or near fire, flame or heat, [plaintiff's lawyer] Hanrahan said. The key, he said, is that Lewitzke wasn't doing those things when he ignited.

"Our view is there is no warning that after you apply it, you remain flammable for some period of time," he said. "You aren't thinking, 'I'm still flammable.' "


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