PHILADELPHIA – An insurance company is seeking more than $400,000 it alleges it paid to its insureds after a fire caused by a laptop.

Westfield Insurance Co., as subrogee of Bruce and Nancy Doane, filed a complaint on Aug. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against M2C Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and HP Inc. alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the Doanes owned a Downingtown property that was insured by the plaintiff. The suit states that Nancy Doane purchased an HP laptop in May 2012 that was subject to a recall because the power cord had the potential to overheat. The suit also states she purchased a replacement battery for the laptop from M2C via Amazon in October 2014. 

The suit states the laptop caused a fire at the Doane residence on Sept. 7, 2015, and caused the Doanes to suffer damages of more than $400,000, which Westfield issued. Westfield is seeking subrogation.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants in an amount that exceeds $400,000 plus interest, court costs and any further relief the court grants. It is represented by Michael Hopkins and Shane Fulton of Law Offices of Robert A. Stutman PC in Fort Washington.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-03684-LDD

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