Family sues BP Oil for son's synthetic marijuana death - New York News

Family sues BP Oil for son's synthetic marijuana death

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA, Ga. -

A Fayette County family took an unprecedented step Friday, in trying to make more people accountable for their son's 2012 death. 

The family of Chase Burnett filed a civil lawsuit, arguing BP Products of North America and the Green Oil Company acted reckless in the 16-year-old's synthetic marijuana death.

"They elected not to do anything, " David Burnett, Chase's father, said. "Which in my mind is negligence."

 In the lawsuit, filed Friday, the Burnett family claims BP knew as early as 2012 that the synthetic marijuana being sold on shelves in some of it's stores was being used by young people to get an extremely dangerous high. The lawsuit points to warnings from the DEA, as well as convenience store trade groups, as proof the company had the information.

"They've gotten numerous, numerous correspondences from those particular organizations, telling them, warning them of the dangers of synthetic drugs," David Burnett said.

In March of 2012, Chase Burnett bought a package of Mojo Diamond Extreme Potpourri at a BP in Peachtree City owned by Green Oil. He brought the synthetic drug home, smoked it and died.

BP said in a statement to FOX 5 it would not comment on the suit. But added, "BP did not own or operate this retail site and BP intends to vigorously defend itself in the matter."

"I feel it is our responsibility to not turn the other cheek, with regards to holding people and corporations accountable," Burnett said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Report: Joan Rivers on slow road to recovery

    Report: Joan Rivers on slow road to recovery

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:02:39 GMT

    Hollywood icon Joan Rivers, 81, is reportedly on a slow road to recovery after she went into cardiac arrest at a New York City doctor's office. Rivers remains in serious condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers.  Doctors were expected to slowly remove Rivers from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to asses her brain functionality.

    Hollywood icon Joan Rivers, 81, is reportedly on a slow road to recovery after she went into cardiac arrest at a New York City doctor's office. Rivers remains in serious condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers. Doctors were expected to slowly remove Rivers from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to asses her brain functionality.

  • Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:33:28 GMT
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:47:40 GMT
    Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment)Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment)
    Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market.
    Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market. The 5:25 a.m. casino shutdown followed the closure of its hotel on Monday. By mid-September, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos will have closed, but none will be a costlier failure than Revel.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices