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On October 23, 2015, a Texas jury awarded air conditioner repairman Clarence Johnson $16.3 million after a defective compressor sprayed extremely hot oil on his face and torso. As a result of the accident, Johnson suffered second- and third-degree burns over 62% of his body.
Johnson filed suit against the compressor’s manufacturers, St. Louis-based Emerson Climate Technologies and Fusite, claiming the compressor was defective. Key evidence in the case arose when Emerson admitted that the compressor Johnson was working on was defective and that they had repaired the defect in their subsequent products. After a four-day jury deliberation, Johnson was awarded $16.3 million in damages including $7 million for pain and suffering.
The case is: Johnson v. Emerson Climate Technologies & Fusite.
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