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This litigation arose out of a tragic fire which occurred when a spurned lover used gasoline to ignite a dilapidated social club in the Bronx, New York – killing 87 people. Most were immigrants looking forward to a festive Saturday night. The national attention and reporting of this tragic event drew plaintiffs’ lawyers from as far away as Puerto Rico. These lawyers combined with some of the most well known lawyers in New York City to launch a full-scale attack against more than a dozen product defendants and four-dozen other defendants.