Landmark restaurant fire: Lack of evidence does not prevent recovery

 A kitchen grease fire occurred at a landmark restaurant in Los Angeles. The building owner’s insurer examined the scene, and failing to preserve any evidence having suspected an electrical failure, quickly abandoned subrogation attempts. Stutman Law attorneys representing the tenant’s insurer pursued a case against the duct cleaning company for allowing excessive grease buildup, and against the fire suppression system installer for improper design of the system. Despite the building owner’s failure to retain the evidence and deposition testimony inconsistent with Stutman Law’s theory of liability, Stutman Law was able to secure a significant confidential six-figure settlement prior to trial.

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