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APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE [Hon. Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr., U.S. District Judge]

This sad case began when twelve year old Ailsa Debold, irritated by a whistling tea kettle, leaned across a kitchen stove to turn off the burner. Her blended cotton and polyester sweatshirt came in contact with the burner and caught fire. *fn2 Ailsa suffered disfiguring second and third degree burns to her chest and abdomen.

Ailsa’s mother, Elizabeth “Jane” Wilson, brought this lawsuit individually and as next friend of Ailsa. *fn3 Named as defendants were Union Underwear Company, Inc. (Union), the manufacturer of Ailsa’s sweatshirt, Paradise Screen Printing Company (Paradise), which had silk- screened a college logo on the front of the sweatshirt, Sharky’s Sportswear Company (Sharky’s), the sweatshirt’s wholesaler, and Bradlees of New England, the retail seller of the sweatshirt to Ailsa’s mother. *fn4 The sweatshirt was an adult-large size, purchased by Elizabeth Wilson for her daughter in the Junior Miss Department of a Bradlees store in Concord, New Hampshire, some five and one-half months prior to the accident.

 
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