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updated 09:40 am EST, Mon March 15, 2004

Insurer sues Apple

Apple has found itself at the end of a for a fire deemed to have been started by "faulty power wiring" in a outlet connected to a Power Mac G4 that caused $2 million in damage to Princeton University. The Daily Princetonian reports that lawyers employed by the insurance company are taking advantage of a clause in their policy to file suit under the University's name after they were unable to resolve the case with Apple. The 20-minute fire on December 11, 2001, damaged DNA sequencers, peptic synthesizers, computers, furniture, freezers and plumbing. [updated]

by MacNN Staff





  1. piracy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does NOT say power supply

    The article does NOT say "faulty power supply". It says:

    "Faulty wiring ignited the wood supporting a nearby cable tray, Lisa Zimmaro, a manager in the University's risk management office, said."

    Sounds like it was wiring inside of a cable tray or cable conduit that started the fire, and the only thing the Power Mac had to do with it was that it happened to be the load on that receptacle.

    Even though elsewhere others have started huge threads about the power supply, NO WHERE does it say it was the power supply, or anything inside of the computer itself.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Okay... Let's say that somehow this PowerMac did just burst into flames. How is able negligent or liable? There wasn't a known problem that they failed to fix. It's not like exploding G4s are common.

    I think the purpose of this case is simple... The insurance company knows that computer makers don't like there to even be rumours that their computers catch fire. They hope that Apple will make a big settlement to shut up this case, and thus recoup some of their loss.

  1. SomeToast

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Other people to sue

    The fire went on for 20 minutes? Isn't a laboratory required to have some kind of fire suppression system? Did they? Why didn't it work? And who wired that room?

    Sounds like the insurance company has quite a few people to sue before they get down to the manufacturer of equipment plugged into the outlet connected to faulty wiring.

  1. spacefreak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Once Again

    Once again, Apple's faulty products result in destruction of property. Maybe Apple will finally learn its lesson once and for all.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They can try to sue, but if the G4 was out of warranty then they have no case.

  1. faizon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    U have to register to post !!!

  1. buffalolee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ummm..faulty wiring

    Faulty wiring? Outside or inside the computer? I do not see how this could be Apple's fault if was outside. If it was inside the case, did the case explode into flames?

  1. Simon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    > U have to register to post !!!

    Yes. It's great. This measure has already reduced the number of c*** posts by quite some.

    What's missing now is support for the ignore feature, so I don't have to sift through baloney like the post by spacefreak...

  1. ghost_flash

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re:Re: FInally - Simon

    You are so right. Your post for instance would have been nice to ignore along side his.

    On topic:

    MacNN has always posted these rediculous headlines causing people to post statements defending or attacking Apple. It seems they like to stir the S***.

    I haven't noticed, but does anyone's power supply get even warm when in sleep mode? This thing should have been in sleep mode right? What makes any power supply cause a fire? Did they have too many powered items plugged into one outlet? The story states there was a number of pieces of equipment that were damaged, one of them a freezer. Those things suck juice. Was the freezer plugged into the same outlet? Line? The wiring in that place must have been done by the LOWEST bidder. :)
    There are too many questions, and not enough answers, just silly alegations in this case, just to be obnoxious and place Apple in a bad light. This is indeed a strange story.

  1. mugwump

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Did they rebuild permissions that week in order to improve fire performance?

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