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Product Defect | Fire and Explosion Subrogation

Keis George has recently received judgment on several Gree USA, Inc. (aka GREE Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai) dehumidifier files. Our product liability team has quickly resolved Gree dehumidifier files by working with fire and engineering experts to clearly identify the product defect and via direct contact with Gree’s national counsel. Click here to learn more.

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Manufacturing Defect | Product Liability Subrogation

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 of a manufacturing defect to overcome the manufacturer’s motion for summary judgment on this count. The court also determined that the testimony offered by the homeowner’s fire origin expert testimony was reliable, despite the manufacturer’s claim that the expert had not followed industry standards applicable to fire investigations. Click here to read more.

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Design Engineering Failure | Construction Defect Subrogation

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 engineering firm, in addition to what regulatory bodies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), require of a structure.

On an early spring day, the grain elevator portion of the system collapsed and caused damage to other parts of the system. The engineer tried to blame high winds on the cause of the grain elevator collapse but maximum winds of 50 mph were recorded and the grain system was constructed to withstand 70 mph winds. All of this happened while the installation company was dispatched to the insured’s ranch to repair a supposed cable that was broken and previously reported to the company. Click here to read more.

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Propane Explosion | Fire and Explosion Subrogation

An insured of a major insurance company complained to their propane provider that they smelled some type of gas. The propane company provides the insured with a source of heat for the home. While the propane provider noted the insured was low on fuel and scheduled a delivery, the propane provider failed to advise the insured to vacate the residential premises for their own safety and failed again to send a qualified representative to the home immediately. One day after the insureds complaint to the propane provider, a fire explosion occurred within the home. The insured was rushed to the hospital and we got to work. We discovered the propane gas leak originated in the line between the home and the propane tank. Though six different parties were investigated, we determined a vendor of the propane provider was at fault, having been the last to service the tank.

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