Dell Inc. is being sued for $1.4 million after a lithium ion battery in one of the company’s laptop computers overheated and caused a major fire at a lodge in Whangamata, New Zealand.
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What’s the problem?
July 17, 2017 – The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Plaintiffs Denise and Gordon McGregor, who claim their Dell laptop caught fire and exploded in January 2014, damaging their $2 million lodge beyond repair.
Plaintiffs allege that a subsequent investigation determined the cause of the fire to be the laptop battery, and that Dell failed to ensure the device was free of any defect. The company had also known for years that the laptop batteries could overheat and catch fire, according to the lawsuit.
Documents indicating that Dell batteries were recalled in 2006, 2008 and 2009 have been submitted in support of the McGregors’ claim.
The complaint was filed in the High Court at Auckland, New Zealand; Plaintiffs are seeking in excess of $1.4 million in damages against Dell.
Dell denies liability and has added Gray’s Auctions Ltd — which sold the laptop online to the McGregors — as a third party defendant in the lawsuit.
The company has additionally offered a number of defenses, including:
- Wentworth Retreat was removed from the companies register in 2015, so no proceeding can be issued in its name;
- The McGregors were covered by insurance and did not adhere to the laptop’s instructions and warnings, and
- The building that was destroyed did not comply with the New Zealand Building Code for fire protection.
Associate Judge Roger Bell has ruled there is cause for a lawsuit to proceed and ordered discovery documents to be filed by Dell before August 14.
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