The defendant manufacturer sold a storekeeper, as a protective weapon, a tear gas gun made to resemble a fountain pen, recommending to the storekeeper that the gun lie open and exposed in his shop and representing that tear gas was a harmless irritant and would not injure permanently. The plaintiff, a customer in the store, idly picked up the gun-pen from beside the cash register, and while examining it, ignorant of its nature, accidentally discharged it into his face. Permanent injuries resulted for which plaintiff sued defendant, claiming negligence. Held, two justices dissenting, that no act of negligence was alleged. Scurfield v. Federal Laboratories Inc., 335 Pa. 145, 6 A. (2d) 559 (1939).
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