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Henderson v. Sunbeam Corp.

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
46 F.3d 1151 (1995)


Facts

Arlitha Henderson (plaintiff) owned an electric blanket manufactured by Sunbeam Corporation (Sunbeam) (defendant). Henderson’s bedroom caught fire, causing damage. Henderson brought a products-liability action against Sunbeam, alleging that the electric blanket was the cause of the fire. Henderson’s expert witnesses each testified that the blanket caused the fire, although they did not agree on which aspect of the blanket’s electrical system was the underlying cause. One of the experts, Croenwett, testified that a broken electrical connection caused the fire, but was unable to specify which connection due to the condition of the blanket after the fire. Sunbeam’s expert witnesses testified that the vibrator feature of Henderson’s bed caused the fire. The jury found in favor of Henderson. The district court denied Sunbeam’s post-trial motions. Sunbeam appealed.

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