State Farm says Hewlett-Packard owes $126,000 for fire damage caused by ‘faulty’ laptop

State Farm Insurance Co. has filed a Washington state court indemnification lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Co., seeking $126,000 it paid in coverage for fire damage to a client’s home caused by an allegedly faulty HP home computer.

The insurer says it is due compensation for the destruction done to covered member Llyn Brickley’s residence in June 2011.  State Farm claims that an HP Elite Book 8540p laptop computer equipped with a lithium ion battery pack was in Brickley’s Snohomish County, Wash., home at the time of the fire.

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State Farm says the device failed due to an inherent “design and/or manufacturing defect,” causing the fire.

The Illinois-based insurer says that because it is subrogated to the rights of Brickley through the property and casualty policy on her home, it is suing Hewlett-Packard for recovery of the coverage amount.

State Farm says the $126,000 it seeks reflects the “reasonable and necessary compensation” for losses Brickley sustained in the fire.

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State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Hewlett-Packard Co., No. 13-2-07049-7, complaint filed (Wash. Super. Ct., Snohomish County Aug. 21, 2013).