Samsung Hit with the First Lawsuit for Exploding Galaxy Note 7

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Product Liability Lawyers Weigh in on Liability Issues for Washington Cell Phone Users

Samsung has been in the news recently for explosion and fire issues associated with the Galaxy Note 7. In fact, earlier in October, the company announced that it would be recalling all Note 7s and removing them from production until a solution was created.

Now, the first product liability lawsuit against the company has been filed. While the lawsuit is not for the explosion, it is for the economic damages caused by the recall. The lawsuit must be approved by a judge to achieve class-action status.

About the Recall

The recall was issued in September and through October, totaling 1.9 million Galaxy Note 7 models from Samsung. Consumers had been advised to drain all power from their phones and then turn the devices off. This left consumers without a phone, but still paying their mobile phone bill. Therefore, the lawsuit was filed to compensate consumers who were affected by these unnecessary costs.

Could You Hold a Device Manufacturer Liable for Phone Bills?

While the case for Samsung is not decided, it brings up a point about whether a manufacturer of a cellphone could be liable for the consumer’s phone bills if and when he or she no longer can use a recalled device. The lawsuit, in this instance, claims that Samsung violated its warranty and is committing fraud against consumers.

Most consumers who purchase a phone do not have another backup option. Therefore, when they are told that they can no longer use their device, they are left without a phone or are forced to pay several hundred dollars to replace it on their own. When a phone does not work, that does not mean that the consumer stops paying his or her cellular phone bill – and most bills cost consumers several hundred dollars per month.

In this lawsuit, plaintiffs claim that Samsung was aware of the defect prior to launching the phone, but chose to do so anyway. Therefore, this product defect was ignored, the phone was sold, and Samsung was aware that most of its customers would have contracts with cellular phone carriers.

Suspension of Service

In this type of claim, there is one issue: The suspension of service. Most cellular services out there allow consumers to pause their contracts, then resume the contracts when they can. Therefore, if they had a phone that did not work, consumers should have been able to pause their contracts until a replacement phone arrived.

Holding Manufacturers Liable for Damages Requires the Assistance of an Attorney

While this case may not fare well for plaintiffs, it does not mean that individuals injured by the neglect of a manufacturer are left without options. If you are injured from a defective device, contact the product liability attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner, PLLC now. Our Washington injury lawyers are here to assist you with your injury case. Schedule a free consultation now by calling 800-925-1875 or completing our online contact form, and an attorney will contact you directly.

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Matt Conner

Matt Conner, a distinguished attorney at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner, brings a unique blend of financial and legal expertise to his practice. Graduating with a double major in mathematics and economics from Willamette University, he initially honed his analytical skills as an economist for the State of Oregon. Specializing in personal injury law, Matt is adept at handling a wide array of cases, including multiparty litigation against large entities, and claims involving gun violence, sexual and police misconduct, car accidents, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful death. Admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2014, he is known for his tenacious advocacy and deep compassion for clients facing life-altering challenges. His approach is not just about legal representation; it’s about restoring lives.