Case: Joseph Ryan et al. v. Cihak et al. (Case Nos. 37-2009-00071001-CU-PO-CTL; & 37-2010-00065247-CU-PO-CTL)
Court: Superior Court of San Diego County, San Diego
Judge: Ronald S. Prager
Date: December 4, 2009
Result: $250,000.00 against property manager and property owners; $115,000.00 against Fuel distributor; $125,000.00 against Fuel manufacturer; $125,000.00 against Fire Pit manufacturer and retailer; $3,552,075.00 against individual tortfeasor
Facts & Allegations
Plaintiffs Joseph Ryan and Eric Leber were lit on fire when a small amount of racing fuel (the “Fuel”) was poured over a small flame in a fire pit (the “Fire Pit”). Defendant Timothy Bauer poured the Fuel on the Fire Pit. The Fire Pit did not have any warnings on it and the bottle of Fuel lacked any flame arrestor at the pour spout. Plaintiffs suffered a combine total of approximately $900,000.00 in past medical expenses due to severe burns.
Defendants’ denied all of plaintiffs, claiming that plaintiffs and others were intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Plaintiff Attorney(s): Hogue & Belong learn more
Defense Attorney(s): Pope, Berger & Williams; Grimm, Vranjes, McCormick & Graham LLP; Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson, Haluck, LLP; The Roth Law Firm; and Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.