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Dell Sued for $1.4 Million Over Laptop Battery Fire

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A New Zealand couple has filed a lawsuit against Dell Inc. after their $2 million lodge was allegedly destroyed in a fire started by a defective laptop battery.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your Dell laptop battery overheated, caused a fire or exploded, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

July 17, 2017 - According to the lawsuit, a defective lithium ion battery in a Dell laptop computer exploded in January 2014 after Plaintiffs Denise and Gordon McGregor had been watching a DVD of photographs.

The McGregors claim that the fire caused significant damage to the lodge's main building, and that firefighters were unable to save it. A subsequent investigation by a fire investigators confirmed the laptop battery exploded, according to the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs allege that Dell failed to ensure the laptop was free of any defect which could pose a risk to public safety and that the company knew the ion batteries were capable of overheating and catching fire.

Dell denies liability and has added Gray's Auctions Ltd -- which sold the laptop online to the McGregors -- as a 3rd party in the case. The company has also offered a number of defenses in support of dropping the suit.

However, Associate Judge Roger Bell has said there is sufficient cause for a lawsuit to proceed and has ordered discovery documents to be filed by Dell in order to defend the claim -- including about battery and laptop recalls -- before August 14.

The complaint was filed in the High Court at Auckland, New Zealand; the McGregors are seeking $1.4 million in damages against Dell.

Update: Dell Admits Battery Failure Caused Laptop Explosion

October 8, 2019 - A post written by the owner of a Dell XPS 15 who claims their laptop exploded as it charged overnight is trending on the r/Dell subreddit, according to LaptopMag. The Redditor claims to have plugged the laptop in before going to bed, then heard a fizzing sound and saw a "bright orange inferno" lighting up the bedroom.

"My house still smells like smoke, and I’m worried these fumes are toxic and cancerous," the Redditor said. "My lungs still feel funky. I had to move my pet out of the house and Into my neighbors the smell was so strong. I don’t even now [sic] if it’s safe still having that thing in my home!"

Dell investigated the incident and determined that the laptop explosion was caused by an internal failure within one of the lithium-ion battery cells. The company said it was not a systemic problem, and that all other XPS 15s are safe to use.

Do I Have a Dell Laptop Fire Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Dell laptop lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new personal injury and property damage cases in all 50 states.

Again, if your Dell laptop battery overheated, caused a fire or exploded, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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