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Category Archives: Cases

Midea Dehumidifiers Recalled

Midea dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards. Similar to our arrangement with Gree, we are working with their counsel to quickly resolve these files.

Residential Gas Explosion

The defendant, who was known to do a lot of tinkering around the home and working on his own cars, was planning something and had removed the cap on the gas line of his home. Of particular significance, was the fact that the defendant had sent a message to a person he was communicating with on a local dating website, where he indicated he “smelled propane and had to go see what was going on” and that he “hoped he didn’t blow the place up”. Afterwards, the defendant’s home exploded. The explosion, and subsequent fire, killed the defendant and damaged the insured’s home. The insured’s home was damaged beyond repair and had to be torn down.

Space Heater Maker Does Not Dodge Manufacturing Defect

The consumer expectation standard, which had been removed from the Ohio Products Liability Act in 2005, could not be relied on by the purchaser of a space heater to support his design defect claim, which was based solely on circumstantial evidence, a federal court in Ohio ruled. However, the homeowner did provide sufficient circumstantial evidence… Read More »

Issues Involving Illinois Condominium Claims

In Chicago, we often find property loss claims that occur at condominium units. Of course, these claims tend to come with their own special issues that require investigation. Aside from general issues that come with all property claims, such as cause and origin of the loss and actual damages incurred, two issues should be investigated… Read More »

Case Against Gree Dehumidifiers Not Dead

On November 29, 2016, Gree, along with the United States CPSC, reissued a recall on dehumidifiers manufactured and then sold in the United States from January 2005 through August 2013. If your company insures homes, you have probably had a products liability claim involving a Gree Dehumidifier. On September 12, 2013, Gree, along with the… Read More »

Design Engineering Failure

An insured had a grain system installed at their ranch. A company that supposedly had considerable experience in constructing such systems developed this grain storage and elevator system for the insured. Design engineering, construction, and installation of this new system was supposed to include the professional services and quality guarantee one would expect from an… Read More »