Leadership

Freon Gas Is Not Inherently Dangerous

Issue 3 and Volume 93.

Freon Gas Is Not Inherently Dangerous Negligence charges brought against five defendants by five New York City firemen in connection with a fire in which the plaintiffs claimed they were injured by toxic gases were dismissed by Justice Stoddart in Queens County Supreme Court in a decision that held freon gas “should not be classified as inherently dangerous.” The charges were brought in behalf of five firemen, allegedly injured by the gas during the fire. The defendants were a refrigeration manufacturer, two air conditioning concerns and the owners of a fur business and a building. In dismissing the complaint after three weeks of plaintiff’s testimony, Judge Stoddart said in his opinion no negligence had been shown. He decided also that the proof given was insufficient to show that the alleged injuries were caused by freon gas poisoning. Judge Stoddart stated also that the firemen assumed the risks involved in fighting…

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