Man says he suffered severe electric shock injuries from operating Toastmaster coffee maker

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff who allegedly suffered severe electric shock from operating a Toastmaster coffee pot is suing the manufacturers of the appliance and the store from where he purchased it, among other defendants.

Rowan Reid and Jeanine Gibson-Reid of Yeadon filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on June 13 versus Applica Consumer Products, Inc. of Miramar, Fla., Russell Hobbs of Beachwood, Ohio, Select Brands, Inc. and Select Brands, LLC of Lenexa, Kan., Spectrum Brand Holdings, Inc. and Spectrum Brands, Inc. of Middleton, Wis., Dollar General Store of Philadelphia and Dollar General Corporation of Goodlettsville, Tenn.

In August 2016, Rowan bought a Toastmaster 12-Cup Coffee Maker Model No. TM122CM from a Dollar General Store in West Philadelphia. On Aug. 16 of that same year, Rowan suffered serious electrical shock while using the product for its proper and appropriate use to make coffee – incurring upper extremity-disfigurement, loss of function, loss of use and severe pain and suffering, he says.

The defendants knew of the appliance’s dangers but did not remedy them or warn customers of them and sold the product anyway despite it failing a risk/utility analysis, thus making them jointly and severally liable, the suit says.

For counts of negligence, strict product liability, breach of warranty and loss of consortium, the plaintiff is seeking, jointly and severally, compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $50,000, together with such other relief as the Court may deem just and fair.

The plaintiff is represented by Gerald B. Baldino Jr. of Sacchetta & Baldino, in Media.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180601522

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Applica, Inc. Dollar General Corporation Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Sacchetta & Baldino

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