Dishwasher manufacturer sued by insurer over home fire

Kyle Barnett Dec. 10, 2012, 12:33pm

GRETNA – An appliance manufacturer is being sued by an insurance company for a fire that broke out at its insured property.

State Farm and Casualty Company filed suit against Asko Appliances, Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 23. State Farm claims that a malfunction in the control panel of a dishwasher in the home of Marilyn Fiske Winston led to a that caused substantial damage to the residence. The plaintiff alleges that the defendant should be held liable for the damages due to faulty design within their dishwasher.

The defendant is accused of manufacturing, assembling, and marketing a dangerous product while failing to warn of dangers inherent in the product.

Damages in the amount of $59,018.53 are sought to reimburse the plaintiff, $3,645 to reimburse Winston's deductible plus attorney's fees and court costs.

State Farm is represented by W. Ransom Pipes of Baton Rouge-based Hannah, Colvin & Pipes.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Raymond S. Steib.

Case no. 720-432.

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