ACCIDENTS: A Costly Pop In the Eye

A Costly Pop In the Eye

One day in 1985 Mae Roberts of Holladay, Utah, was having trouble opening a plastic two-liter bottle of Diet 7-Up. So she took a wrench to it, as she had many times in the past, but the results were disastrous. The top shot off like a champagne cork and struck her in the left eye, destroying most of the iris.

Last week a Salt Lake City jury ordered the Seven-Up Co. and a local bottler to pay $10.5 million in damages to Roberts, 82, who is legally blind in her injured eye. A lawyer for Seven-Up said the company would appeal...

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