Summary: Lithium Ion Battery Fires Expert Witness testimony allowed in part because the defendant argued correctly that a duplicate product was not used for testing.
Facts: This case (Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company v. Hewlett-Packard Company United States District Court – Western District of Washington – September 5 2023) involves a fire that caused damage to an apartment complex in Everett Washington. The plaintiff insurance company sued defendant Hewlett-Packard claiming that the fire was caused by an internal failure of a lithium-ion battery in a laptop that was in the apartment. The plaintiff hired Lithium Ion Battery Fires Expert Witness Michael Eskra to provide testimony. The defendant filed a motion to exclude this expert from testifying.