Four lawsuit filed against maker of kite tubes – Mlive.com

MLive.com is reporting that four separate law suits have been filed against Kite Tube maker SportStuff Inc.

This was inevitable, the lawyers waited until there was blood in the water and then started actively soliciting kite tube victims to file suits. Some of them, I am not sure if they are related to these 4 suits, even used this site to advertise their services. All in all I am not entirely sure how I feel about the families suing SportStuff for their loss or injuries.

On Nov 20, 2006 – Mlive.com writes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Four lawsuits have been filed against the Omaha company that made a flying tube that has been linked to boating accidents that killed at least two people and injured 39 others.

One of the lawsuits claims a Canadian man died while riding a Kite Tube in Ontario. Another was filed on behalf of a Michigan man who claims he was injured when he was ejected from a Kite Tube and struck the water.

SportsStuff Inc. voluntarily recalled 19,000 Wego Kite Tubes in July in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The commission said it knew of two deaths reported in Wisconsin and Texas.

The company’s kite tubes are 10-foot-wide inflatable rafts tethered to the back of a powerboat. When the user pulls on the handles, the tube becomes airborne, turning the rider into a human kite.

“I think it’s just an unsafe product,” said Ronald J. Palagi, the lawyer handling all four of the lawsuits filed in Douglas County District Court last month.

Palagi said he expects to file seven more lawsuits by the end of the year.

Besides SportsStuff, the lawsuits name a Florida-based marketing company, World Publications Inc.

SportsStuff referred all calls about the lawsuits to Houston attorney Michael Beckelman, who was on vacation and did not immediately return calls for comment.

In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald, Beckelman declined to comment on the lawsuits.

In its letter to consumers, SportsStuff said the company does not believe the Wego Kite Tubes are defective or unreasonably dangerous. But SportsStuff agreed to the recall “in an abundance of caution.”

Other stories about Kite Tube law suits:

Wrongful death suit filed against kite tube manufacturer

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