Plaintiff Courtney Harris has agreed to cap her damages at $75,000 in her suit against S.C. Johnson & Son, which alleges a Glade scented candle started a house fire.
As previously reported, Harris filed suit against S.C. Johnson on Sept. 6 in Jefferson County District Court under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
On Oct. 11, plaintiff's attorney John Morgan signed off on a letter submitted by defense attorney James R. Old Jr. of the Beaumont law firm Germer Gertz, court records show.
The letter states that Harris' claims do not exceed $75,000 and that no damages above $75,000 will be sought from a jury.
According to the lawsuit, the candle was advertised as safe with the promise it would enhance a home, enticing Harris to purchase the scented candle.
"Instead, the candle was unreasonably dangerous, and it flared and/or malfunctioned, causing the house to catch on fire," the suit states. "The home sustained substantial property damage and plaintiff sustained bodily injury as a result."
Harris is suing for her medical expenses and mental anguish, plus actual damages.
Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.
Case No. A190-852