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Date: 02-17-2005

Case Style: Oklahoma Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company and David and Brenda McGuire vs. The Maytag Corporation

Case Number: B-CJ-2001-118

Judge: Charles M. Humphrey III

Court: District Court, Creek County, Bristow Division

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Thomas E. Baker of Morgan, Baker & Morgan, PLC, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Derek K. Burch of Burch & George, PC., OKC, OK

Defendant's Attorney:

Mark E. Dreyer and P. Joshua Wisely, Conner & Winters, PC., Tulsa, Oklahoma


Products liability action. Fire completely destroyed the home and contents of David and Brenda McGuire in December of 1999. They were underinsured and jointly brought this action/subrogation action with their homeowners insurance carrier against Maytag arguing that a defective electric dryer caused the fire. Maytag vigorously defended against the liability claim.

Outcome: Plaintiffs' verdict for $174,000.

Plaintiff's Experts: Donny Howard of Yates & Associates, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma for cause and origin. Jim Martin, PE, Martin Engineering, Wichita, Kansas for electrical engineering.

Defendant's Experts: James Lynn Montgomery, PE, L & L Expert Services, Ft. Worth, Texas for electrical engineering and Tom Riley, Maytag Home Office, Iowa, corporate representative for design.

Comments: None

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