Law and Retail

Michigan appeals court approves suit against retailer

December 27, 2016
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The Michigan appeals court said a woman can sue a big-box retailer over the misery caused by a refrigerator that wouldn't stop gushing water.

Paulette Stenzel said she returned to her Ingham County home one day to find her new refrigerator, which was installed by Best Buy, spraying water from a water dispenser on the door. There was water all over the floor.

She fell and broke her leg in another room, while dragging wet towels outside.

Stenzel sued Best Buy, accusing the retailer of negligence.

A judge dismissed Best Buy from the case, but the appeals court reversed that decision on Friday.

The court said a jury may find that Stenzel's wet feet and broken leg wouldn't have happened without the disastrous refrigerator.

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