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Ruzzi v. Butler Petroleum Company

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
588 A.2d 1 (1991)


Facts

Ruzzi (plaintiff) was servicing a sign at a gas station owned by Zinsser (defendant) and supplied with fuel by Butler Petroleum Company (Butler) (defendant), when used fuel tanks near the sign exploded. Ruzzi was permanently injured. Ruzzi brought suit against Zinsser, Butler, and Shockey (defendant), the fuel tanks’ vendor. At trial, Ruzzi called an expert, Jarrell, who testified as to Ruzzi’s loss of earning capacity. At the time of trial, Ruzzi was employed by AMG Sign Company at a less physically demanding job, but earning the same salary he made prior to his injury. A jury found Butler and Shockey liable and both appealed. The appellate court affirmed and the defendants appealed to the state’s supreme court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Papadakos, J.)

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