ADT Security Services Inc. settled a lawsuit last month that was filed because of a failed home burglar alarm system. The estate of Teri Lee, a mother of four children, filed the suit against ADT. The amount to be paid under the settlement is confidential. Ms. Lee and her boyfriend were shot and killed in her rural Washington County home in 2006. This incident occurred just weeks after the homeowner bought a state-of-the art ADT alarm system in an effort to protect herself against her ex-husband, who had made threats and was considered to be violent.
Homeowners who contract with companies to install intrusion alarms in their homes do it for protection in their homes. In this case, the system failed and there was no protection. When the break-in occurred there was no audible alarm, nor were police notified. Many alarm companies rely on contract language to insulate themselves from liability. In my opinion, that shouldn’t be allowed since it’s definitely against public policy. Many of the alarm contracts used by Alabama companies attempt to shield the companies from liability for personal injury or death in the event of an alarm malfunction, a faulty installment, or a failure to monitor. Bill Harper and Paul Peterson, lawyers from Woodberry, Minn., represented the Plaintiff in the Lee case and did a very good job.
Source: Claims Journal
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