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Insurance company sues Magic Chef Microwave Oven maker for allegedly causing house fire


By Philip Gonzales | Feb 11, 2019


PITTSBURGH — A homeowner's insurance company is suing a microwave oven distributor, citing alleged negligence and strict liability.

Erie Insurance Co., a/s/o Jeremy Stokes, filed a complaint on Jan. 29 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, alleging CNA International Inc., d/b/a MC Appliance Corp., failed to incorporate safety features in a microwave it manufactured and sold.

According to the complaint, in Sept. 14, 2017, defendant's Magic Chef Microwave Oven malfunctioned and caused a fire when it was not in use, which resulted in damages to plaintiff's insured property in North Versailles. 

Plaintiff became subrogated to its insured for a claim in the amount of $188,108. The plaintiff holds CNA International Inc., d/b/a MC Appliance Corp., responsible because the defendant allegedly negligently designed, manufactured, distributed and sold consumer product that was defective and unreasonably dangerous.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in the amount of $188,108, plus interest, costs, attorney's fees and such other proper and just relief. It is represented by Robert Gaul of Gaul & Associates PC in Philadelphia.

The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Case No. is 19-1402.

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Allegheny County Courts of Common PleasMC Appliance Corp.Gaul & Associates PC

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