Man Settles Suit Over Explosion That Killed Brother, Injured Plaintiff

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The maker of a cylinder that exploded while being filled with nitrous oxide in 2012 near USC, killing one man and injuring his brother, reached a settlement with the surviving sibling on the day a retrial of the case was scheduled.

Lawyers for Juan Lasarte, the brother of the late 31-year-old Roberto Lasarte, and Catalina Cylinders announced the accord during a hearing Monday before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Borenstein.

Borenstein presided over the first trial of the case in which a jury in August 2018 found in favor of the company. However, the judge later granted a partial retrial on the basis of defense attorney and juror misconduct and his ruling was upheld by a panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal.

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