Sunbeam reaches settlement with Gravois Mills woman -

Sunbeam reaches settlement with Gravois Mills woman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A federal jury has ordered Sunbeam Products Inc. to pay a Missouri woman $700,000 for burns she said she sustained when a Sunbeam electric blanket caught fire.

The jury from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri ordered Sunbeam to pay Barbara Kay, of Gravois Mills, $2 million in compensatory damages. The jury award, however, was reduced because the jury found Sunbeam 35 percent at fault.

Sunbeam reached a settlement with Kay before the jury had to decide if punitive damages were warranted. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Kay filed the lawsuit claiming a Sunbeam electric blanket she was using in 2008 caught fire, leaving her with third-degree burns on her left side.

Lawyers for Sunbeam did not return calls seeking comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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