Florida Resident Files Lawsuit after Samsung Note7 Catches on Fire in His Pocket

Palm Beach County Resident, Jonathan Strobel filed what is considered to be the first lawsuit against Samsung as a result of the defective battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphone. Strobel stated in the lawsuit that the phone “exploded” and caught fire while in his pocket on September 9th. The incident resulted in severe burns, leaving him “in shock” and severe pain. The lawsuit is seeking damages in excess of $15,000.

Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a government sanctioned recall of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone. The recall was the result of multiple reports that surfaced stating that the battery had exploded and caught fire. Since its release, “Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S.,” according to the CPSC. Among those reports, 26 users reported burns and 55 reported property damage. The recall applies only to those who purchased Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones before September 15, 2016.

Strobel’s lawsuit against Samsung alleges that the Note7 “was not reasonably fit suitable, or safe to the ultimate operators or consumers for its intended or reasonably foreseeable purposes when manufactured.” The lawsuit also alleged that the cell phone manufacturer “knew or in the exercise of due care should have known that the Galaxy Note7 cell phone would create a foreseeable risk of harm to users.”

The CPSC urges consumers to discontinue use of the affected phones immediately and return them to the place of purchase where they will be offered their choice of a full refund, a new Note7 with a new battery or a different model of phone. There were approximately one million Galaxy Note7 models sold in the U.S. that are being recalled.

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