RIVERSIDE (AP) — An Inland Empire woman burned by an exploding electronic cigarette has won a jury verdict of nearly $2 million from the distributor, wholesaler and seller of the product.
Attorney Gregory Bentley says his client was awarded $1.9 million Wednesday in a product liability case in Riverside Superior Court.READ MORE: 'It's Heartbreaking': ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres Closing Permanently Due To Pandemic Losses
Bentley says Jennifer Ries was scarred for life by second-degree burns on her buttocks, legs and hand after plugging the VapCigs cigarette charger into her car.READ MORE: 'We Are Seeing Our Economy Come Back To Life': Study Shows That Consumer Confidence In OC Is On The Rise As Residents Brace For Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Bentley says Ries and her husband were on their way to the airport in March 2013 when the battery exploded and ignited her dress and car seat. It also spilled corrosive materials on her.
Lawyers for defendants in the case did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.MORE NEWS: 2 Men Hospitalized After Large Explosion At Valley Glen Home, Investigation Ongoing
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