Monthly Archives: February 2015

Addressing Myths and Advancing Science in Fire Litigation

Fire Marshal It is an experience common to fire litigators at trial.  The local fire marshal enters the court room, crisply attired in uniform and hat, ribbons and medals in view.  A stack of certifications attests to years of experience investigating hundreds, maybe thousands, of fires.  An air of detachment and neutrality conveys to the jury that he has “no dog in this fight.”  He calls it as he sees it.  If his findings align with your client’s interests, you have a powerful, often lethal, weapon to…

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Area of Origin Alone is Insufficient to Prove a Defect

Breaker panel fire On the night of January 16, 2011, a security guard employed to monitor power service to a subdivision of vacant homes noticed that several homes in the Southbury, Connecticut subdivision had lost power. The subdivision, consisting of five homes that sat vacant since being built in 2005 had been experiencing false fire alarms and power outages. Two hours after the employee alerted his superior of the power outage, it was discovered that one of the homes was on fire. The fire was investigated by representatives…

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