PHILADELPHIA – The estate of a Chambersburg woman has settled a lawsuit between it and Electrolux Home Ranges and Sears Roebuck & Co., the respective manufacturer and distributor of a Kenmore-brand gas grill the plaintiffs say malfunctioned and caused a damaging fire at the decedent’s property.

On Dec. 14, plaintiff counsel Joseph L. McGlynn filed a praecipe to mark the litigation in question as “settled, discontinued and ended.” Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The Estate of Edith Sleighter of Chambersburg first filed suit on Feb. 23, 2017 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, versus Electrolux of Charlotte, N.C. and Sears Roebuck, of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

“The plaintiff purchased the subject gas range from Sears on or about Aug. 30, 2013. On or about Dec. 26, 2015, a fire erupted at the subject property causing extensive damage to the plaintiff’s real and personal property, as well as the imposition of additional expenses and hardship besides, which was directly and proximately caused by the defendants. The fire was caused by the malfunction of the range which was manufactured by Electrolux and sold, distributed, marketed, assembled, delivered, and/or serviced and repaired by Sears,” the suit said.

In subsequent filings, the defendants denied the plaintiffs’ claims.

Prior to settlement, for counts of negligence, breach of warranties and strict liability against each defendant, the plaintiff was seeking damages, individually, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000, plus attorney’s fees, costs, delay damages and other relief, in this matter.

The plaintiff was represented by McGlynn and Raymond E. Mack of deLuca Levine, in Blue Bell.

The defendants were represented by Melissa Yemma of Nicolson Law Group, in Media.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170206072

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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