WARREN — The estate of a Connecticut woman who died after a robe she purchased from Blair LLC caught fire has filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against the Warren company, according to the Warren Times Observer.

At least one other suit has been filed in California, the Warren Times Observer reported.

The suit filed by the estate of Atwilda Brown of East Windsor, Conn., seeks $30 million in damages from Blair Corp., Blair LLC and Catalog Holdings Inc. The suit claims negligence on the part of the company.

Blair issued a voluntary recall of the full-length robes in April in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission after receiving three reports of the robes catching fire and injuring three people, the Warren Times Observer reported.

Since that time, as many as nine deaths have been reported to be linked to the robes.

In an attempt to have the robes returned, the company in June launched a program aimed at contacting those who had purchased the robes.

The company announced earlier this months additional efforts to retrieve the robes and expanded its recall to cover all women's chenille wearing apparel manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel in Karachi, Pakistan. That company manufactured the robes for Blair, which has since severed its relationship with A-One Textile & Tile.

The items were sold from July 2000 through April 2007 through Blair catalogs, its Web site and stores. A total of 138,000 robes are involved.

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