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Walmart, Lamp Maker Bayco Must Face Lawsuit Over Fatal Fire

July 31, 2020, 9:32 PM

The estate of an Illinois woman who allegedly died in a fire caused by a clamp light may proceed with claims, including a claim for punitive damages, against retailer Walmart Inc. and maker Bayco Products inc., a federal court in Illinois ruled.

The estate alleged Gina Renee Breeze’s landlord purchased a 10.5-inch Brooder Clamp Light and a 250-watt bulb from Walmart to warm frozen pipes in a crawl space, according to the court. Bayco allegedly marketed the lamp as suitable for all spaces and for bulbs up to 300 watts, and Walmart allegedly mentioned its use to prevent frozen pipes....

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