Allstate Insurance blames PECO Energy for fire on insured party's property

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — An insurance company is suing PECO Energy Co. on behalf of insured party Yuen Li, citing alleged strict liability, negligence and breach of implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Allstate Insurance Co. filed a complaint Aug. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming PECO caused a fire on Yuen Li's property.

According to the complaint, a fire broke out at Li's property on Nov. 10, 2017, allegedly as a result of a short circuit that occurred on a PECO "service drop."

Allstate said PECO should be held responsible because it allegedly failed to inspect and maintain its cable. IN addition, the insurer claimed that PECO, in violation of its tariff, rhe National Electrical Safety Code, the local electric code and Pennsylvania law, sold and supplied power to Li's property without first doing an inspection to ensure compliance with standards.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an amount in excess of $328,541.86, plus interest, cost of the lawsuit, attorney's fees and delay damages. It is represented by Joseph McGlynn of de Luca Levine LLC in Blue Bell.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-03365-AB

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