LIABILITY FOR FIRE CAUSED BY MALFUNCTIONING COMPUTER HARDWAREIn the United States, individuals have filed lawsuits alleging that recently- purchased computer equipment caused fires on their premises. U.S. courts are willing to consider such claims even when circumstantial evidence is the only evidence available to support plaintiff's contentions.
The following questions have been addressed in this article:What proof must plaintiffs bring to establish that the purchased computer ware did cause the premises' fire?
Must the plaintiff prove that a specific defect caused the malfunction in the computer ware that led to the eventual fire?
What evidentiary factors do serve as circumstantial evidence?