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Anderson v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Citation:377 F.Supp. 136
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The Britain family’s home was destroyed by a fire caused by a defective heater. Mildred Britain and her infant daughter, Helen, were severely burned. Helen almost died in the fire and ended up suffering permanent injuries. She was hospitalized for twenty-eight days and required skin graft surgery, which was only partially successful. Third-degree burns covering most of her scalp and her left hand suffered a deformity as the result of scarring. Mildred sued Sears, Roebuck & Co. (“Sears”), the heater’s manufacturers, on behalf of herself and Helen for damages. The jury awarded the Britain family $2,000,000 in compensatory damages. Sears believed that the jury’s award was excessive. The company moved for a new trial, or in the alternative, remittitur.
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