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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