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NutriBullet Blender Users Sue Over Burns, Lacerations (1)

April 5, 2019, 3:17 PMUpdated: April 5, 2019, 6:31 PM

NutriBullet LLC and related companies face four new complaints alleging kitchen blenders shot off their bases and sent streams of scalding liquid onto users.

A number of other suits against Los Angeles-based NutriBullet, Homeland Housewares LLC, and other allegedly related companies are pending in the Central District of California, including by plaintiffs who allege they sustained laceration injuries from the blades. A review of Bloomberg Law dockets shows the law firm representing the four plaintiffs has filed 37 NutriBullet suits in that court.

Some of the injured plaintiffs in the most recent suits say they began with cold ingredients, but the friction from the NutriBullet 600 and NutriBullet 900 blades allegedly created pressure and heat. Each of the plaintiffs alleges burn injuries.

Two plaintiffs allege the canister exploded or shot off while the blades were spinning, and two allege the incidents occurred when they were taking the canister off the base or removing the cap from the canister. The closed-canister design and plastic materials, the same or very similar across the NutriBullet line, are defective, the complaints, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, say.

Causes of Action: Negligence; strict liability for design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn; breach of implied warranty; and violation of California consumer-protection laws.

Relief: The plaintiffs seek economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages, as well as an order requiring warnings from NutriBullet.

Response: “While NutriBullet does not comment on pending litigation, the safety and satisfaction of customers remains our utmost priority,” parent company Capital Brands LLC said in an emailed statement. “NutriBullet is dedicated to the health and wellness of the millions of customers who have used our products to create nutritious foods. We are saddened that injuries have reportedly occurred when consumers have chosen to ignore our safe use guidelines,” Capital Brands said.

Attorneys: Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo LLP represent the plaintiffs.

The case is Rosa v. Nutribullet, L.L.C., C.D. Cal., No. 2:19-cv-02543, complaint 4/4/19.

(Updated with company response.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Martina Barash in Washington at mbarash@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jo-el J. Meyer at jmeyer@bloomberglaw.com; Steven Patrick at spatrick@bloomberglaw.com

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