Apple sued over defective iPad battery that caught fatal fire killing Parsippany Man

Apple has been sued by the children of a deceased Parsippany man who was killed in a fire in 2017 allegedly caused due to a faulty iPad battery. The civil lawsuit has been filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Bradley Ireland, 64, suffered severe injuries in the early morning fire that took place at his Colonial Heights apartment on February 22, 2017. The died later that day in a local hospital, says the lawsuit filed by Bradley’s daughter Julia Ireland Meo and son Benjamin Ireland.

“The fire was caused by a defect in the subject tablet, specifically affecting the tablet’s battery pack,” the lawsuit said. The fire started near an “electrical appliance” in the kitchen.

“The subject tablet was unreasonably dangerous and unsafe for its intended purpose by reasons of defects in its design and/or its manufacture and/or a lack of adequate warnings which existed when Defendant Apple placed the subject tablet into the stream of commerce and/or when Defendant distributed and/or sold ‘updates’ to the subject tablet,” Apple Insider reports, citing the lawsuit.

The lawsuit has been filed against Apple on three counts: “Strict Products Liability,” “Wrongful Death” and “Survival Action,” the time where Ireland “experienced significant pain and suffering” between receiving the burns and his death on the same day.

While the lawsuit asks for a jury trial, it doesn’t mention a specific figure. The Irelands are basically seeking compensatory damages, interest, costs, and attorney fees from Apple.

Apple has yet to comment on the lawsuit.



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