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Donegal Mutual Insurance v. White Consolidated Industries, Inc.

Court of Appeals of Ohio
852 N.E.2d 215 (2006)


David and Susan Nearon (plaintiffs) owned an electric stove manufactured by White Consolidated Industries, Inc. (White) (defendant). Susan set the stove to self-clean mode, and the stove defectively caused a fire that burned down the Nearons’ house. The Nearons and their insurance company, Donegal Mutual Insurance Company (plaintiff), brought a design-defect suit against White. The trial court instructed the jury on the consumer-expectations test. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs and awarded $104,000 in damages. However, the trial court entered a judgment notwithstanding the verdict in favor of White. The plaintiffs appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Donovan, J.)

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