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Family sues BP Oil for son's synthetic marijuana death

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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.

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