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Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois v. Gree USA, Inc. et al

Case Summary

On August 31, 2021, Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois as subrogee of Jason and Jamie Lewis (“Safeco” or “Plaintiff”), represented by Heather L. Marx of Cozen O’Connor, filed a personal injury lawsuit against Gree USA, Inc. and MJC America, Ltd. (“Defendants”), seeking damages, along with pre-verdict interest and/or post-verdict interest, and costs, for the alleged damages caused to real and personal property of Lewis, due to the defective and unreasonably dangerous condition of a dehumidifier manufactured by the Defendants. This case was filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Minnesota with Judge Donovan W. Frank and Judge Katherine M. Menendez presiding. 

 

In the complaint, the Plaintiff alleged that, “At all times material hereto, Safeco provided property insurance to Lewis for their interests in the Premises, including real property, contents, and loss of use coverage.” “On or before July 29, 2019, Lewis owned a dehumidifier designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, and/or placed in the stream of commerce by Defendants (“the Dehumidifier”).” 

 

The Plaintiff further alleged that, “At all times relevant, the Dehumidifier was in substantially the same condition as when introduced into the stream of commerce by Defendants.” “On July 29, 2019, the Dehumidifier failed, causing a fire (“the Fire”) at the Premises.” “The Fire resulted in smoke, flame and water damage to the real and personal property of Lewis, as well as loss of use of Lewis’ property.” 

 

The Plaintiff further alleged that, “As a result of the fire, Lewis made a claim to Safeco pursuant to their insurance policy, and Safeco has compensated Lewis for their damages in an amount in excess of $140,000.00.” “By virtue of its payments, Safeco is subrogated, to the extent of its payments, for the interests of Lewis.”



The Plaintiff lists out two claims for relief. The first claim alleged is for Product Liability, wherein the Plaintiff alleged that the Dehumidifier was defective in design and/or manufacture in that it could overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and their property. The second claim alleged is for Negligence, wherein the Plaintiff alleged that, at all relevant times, Defendant owed Lewis a duty to use reasonable care in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of the Dehumidifier, so that the Dehumidifier was safe and free of unreasonably dangerous conditions. 

 

In its prayer for relief, the Plaintiff requested the Court to enter judgment against Defendants Gree USA, Inc. and MJC America, Ltd. as to both claims for relief, for the damages alleged, for pre-verdict interest and/or post-verdict interest, and for all other costs allowed by law.

 

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Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    0:21-CV-01958

  • Filing Date:

    08/31/2021

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Other Product Liability

  • Courthouse:

    Minnesota District

Judge Details

Presiding Judge

Donovan W. Frank

Referral Judge

Katherine M. Menendez

 

Party Details

Plaintiff

Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois

Defendants

Gree USA, Inc.

MJC America, Ltd.

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorney

Heather L Marx

Attorney at Cozen O'Connor

33 S 6Th Street, Suite 3800

Minneapolis, MN 55402

 

Court Documents

#4

(#4) Summons Issued as to Gree USA, Inc., and MJC America, Ltd. (MMP) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

#2

(#2) RULE 7.1 DISCLOSURE STATEMENT there is no parent corporation for Plaintiff Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois as subrogee of Jason and Jamie Lewis. (Marx, Heather) Modified text on 8/31/2021 (kt). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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Civil Cover Sheet

#1

(#1) COMPLAINT against Gree USA, Inc., MJC America, Ltd. (filing fee $ 402, receipt number AMNDC-8989396) filed by Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois. Filer requests summons issued. (Attachments: #1 Civil Cover Sheet) (Marx, Heather) Modified text on 8/31/2021 (MMP). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

 

Docket Entries

  • 08/31/2021
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  • Docket(#4) Summons Issued as to Gree USA, Inc., and MJC America, Ltd. (MMP) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • 08/31/2021
  • Docket(#3) TEXT ONLY ENTRY: CLERK'S NOTICE OF INITIAL CASE ASSIGNMENT. Case assigned to Judge Donovan W. Frank per 3rd 4th Master list, referred to Magistrate Judge Katherine M. Menendez. Please use case number 21-cv-1958 (DWF/KMM). (MMP) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • 08/31/2021
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  • Docket(#2) RULE 7.1 DISCLOSURE STATEMENT there is no parent corporation for Plaintiff Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois as subrogee of Jason and Jamie Lewis. (Marx, Heather) Modified text on 8/31/2021 (kt). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • 08/31/2021
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  • Docket(#1) COMPLAINT against Gree USA, Inc., MJC America, Ltd. (filing fee $ 402, receipt number AMNDC-8989396) filed by Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois. Filer requests summons issued. (Attachments: #1 Civil Cover Sheet) (Marx, Heather) Modified text on 8/31/2021 (MMP). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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