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Anderson v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
377 F.Supp. 136 (1974)



The Britains’ house burned to the ground due to a defective heater manufactured by Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Sears) (defendant). Helen Britain (plaintiff), a minor child, almost burned to death and suffered severe, permanent injuries as a result of the fire. Helen brought suit for her injuries which included severe burns and associated pain and hospitalization, permanent scars, loss of 80 percent of her scalp, loss of normal use of her legs, impairment of her hands, impairment of her speech, and the loss “of three years of formative and impressionable childhood,” among other things. The jury returned a verdict for Helen in the amount of $2,000,000. Sears moved for a remittitur.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Cassibry, J.)

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