May 8, 2018, PLLR News | The American Association For Justice

May 8, 2018, PLLR News

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Defective design of dryer outlet contributed to fire, child’s death

photo of hands holding a white shirt in front of a dryer filled with clothing

The child’s estate sued the manufacturer of the dryer receptacle, alleging that the outlet’s design was defective and should have contained a warning that instructed users where to place wiring upon moving the outlet. Suit also named the person who had installed the receptacle. The jury awarded $650,000. Arner v. Leviton Mfg. Co.
 

Madison Arner, 7, died of cardiac arrest after a fire erupted at her home. She is survived by her parents.

Arner’s estate sued Leviton Manufacturing Co., alleging that the design of its 220-volt dryer receptacle was defective and led to the fire. The plaintiff claimed that the receptacle should have contained a warning that instructed users where to place wiring upon moving the outlet.

The plaintiff also sued the boyfriend of Arner’s mother, alleging that he negligently installed and mis-wired the receptacle when he moved the dryer to another location in the home, allowing the connection to loosen over time.

The jury awarded $650,000, apportioning liability at 70 percent to the boyfriend and 30 percent to Leviton.

Citation: Arner v. Leviton Mfg. Co., No. 2015-06-002373 (Pa. Ct. Com. Pl. Phila. Cnty. Dec. 20, 2017).

Plaintiff counsel: AAJ member Alan Feldman, Daniel Mann, and Edward Goldis, all of Philadelphia.