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Zamora v. Mobil Corp.
Supreme Court of Washington
704 P.2d 584 (1985)
An undetected propane gas leak at Zamora’s (plaintiff) house caused a fire, killing five of Zamora’s children. The propane was defective, because it did not contain a sufficient amount of odorant. Mobil Corporation manufactured the propane at issue and sold it to Cal Gas (defendant), a propane distributor. Cal Gas then sold the propane Northwest Propane (Northwest). Next, Northwest sold it to Zamora, the end user. Cal Gas never physically handled or controlled the propane. Cal Gas possessed the propane solely on paper. Zamora brought a products-liability suit against Cal Gas based on both negligence and strict liability. The trial court granted Cal Gas summary judgment on both theories. Zamora appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Pearson, J.)
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