Walmart Lawsuit: Gyula Kiss Did Not Personally Launch Court Action, B.C. Man Claims

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A B.C. man claims he didn't personally file a lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a heater that destroyed his home. (AP) | AP

VANCOUVER - A man from B.C. says he was surprised to see his name on a lawsuit against Wal-Mart because he didn't personally launch the court action.

The lawsuit alleges all the personal items of Gyula Kiss were destroyed Jan. 4, 2012 when a heater purchased at the retail giant sparked a fire and destroyed his home in the Okanagan community of Coldstream.

The lawsuit says Wal-mart and the heater's manufacturer had a duty to warn of any defects and ensure the heater was reasonably inspected before its sale.

But Kiss who is a former mayor and current municipal councillor says he only learned about the lawsuit while watching the news Friday night.

After talking to a lawyer Saturday, Kiss says he learned that while his name was on the court documents, it was his insurance company that registered the claim against Wal-Mart.

Neither Wal-Mart nor the heater's maker, Fusion Canada, have issued a reply to the court action and the allegations in the statement of claim have not been proven in court.

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