Woman can sue Best Buy over refrigerator woes, broken leg


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says a woman can sue Best Buy over the misery caused by a refrigerator that wouldn’t stop gushing water.

Paulette Stenzel says she returned to her Ingham County home one day to find her new refrigerator spraying water from a water dispenser on the door. There was water all over the floor — but that wasn’t all.

She fell and broke her leg in another room while dragging wet towels outside.

Stenzel sued Best Buy, which had installed the refrigerator, accusing the retailer of negligence. A judge dismissed Best Buy from the case, but the appeals court reversed that decision Friday.

The court says a jury might find that Stenzel’s wet feet — and broken leg — wouldn’t have happened without the disastrous refrigerator.


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