Kyle Barnett Aug. 6, 2015, 7:14am


GRETNA – A property insurance company is suing a water heater manufacturer after a unit allegedly failed and flooded a Metairie law firm.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, as partial suborn of the Mitchell Law Firm LLC, filed suit against Rheem Manufacturing Company in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 12.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company asserts that its client Mitchell Law Firm, located at Suite 2130 at One Galleria Blvd. in Metairie, was flooded due to a malfunctioning water heater installed in the office that was manufactured by Rheem Manufacturing Company. 

The plaintiff claims the water heater failed when a small crack occurred inside and flooded the office suite, causing substantial damage. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company alleges Rheem Manufacturing Company should be held responsible for the damages to the Mitchell Law Firm as the contents had to be either replaced or refurbished after the incident. In addition to the amount paid to the Mitchell Law Firm, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company clams its client should also have an insurance deductible repaid. 

The defendant is accused of creating an unreasonably dangerous construction, composition and design and failing to place proper warnings on the water heater unit.

Damages amounting to less than $50,000 are sought by the plaintiff.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company is represented by attorney James E. Brouillette of Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division N Judge Stephen D. Enright Jr.

Case no. 750-628.

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