Grenfell survivors and families launch 'one of largest product liability cases in history'

Mail Online | 10/30/2018 | Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline
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The survivors and the bereaved families of those killed in the Grenfell Tower have launched 'one of the largest product liability cases in history', against US cladding firms and Whirlpool.

A wrongful death lawsuit, which is over 400 pages long has been filed in the U.S, according to lawyers representing 200 people, and states the building became a 'flaming coffin', when the fire took hold.

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A 143-count wrongful death and products liability complaint, names three companies which are all based in the U.S, including cladding company Arconic, insulation company Celotex and white goods maker Whirlpool – whose fridge allegedly started the blaze.

Lawyers for two US law firms said they have requested a jury trial in Philadelphia, seeking 'undetermined compensation, including punitive damages'.

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Those involved in the legal action - taken on behalf of 69 of the 72 who died and 177 of those injured - have said the three companies must be held to account over the deadly blaze.

Robert Mongeluzzi, from the law firm Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky (SMBB), said he had been honoured and humbled to represent the clients.

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'We seek to hold these American companies accountable on their home turf to send a message that conduct like this will not be tolerated anywhere in the world.'

Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the fire which killed 72 people.

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At a press conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Jeffrey Goodman, of SMBB, said: 'Today we announce the filing of one of the largest product liability cases in history.'

The lawsuit, which runs to more than 400 pages, states that the tower became a 'flaming coffin' when the fire took hold.

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Lawyers, who said it would be up to a jury to decide the amount awarded in damages if the action is successful, said it could be two-and-a-half years before the case comes to trial.

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