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Truck tailgate opens, spilling hot asphalt onto worker

The plaintiffs alleged the truck was defectively designed in that safety chains that would have prevented the tailgate from opening were not permanently affixed to the tailgate. Suit also alleged that warning labels on the truck advising of the need for the chains were illegible because of dried-on asphalt. The parties settled for $6 million. LaPera v. Gabrielli Truck Sales, Ltd.

 

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