Class action lawsuit filed in Canada over Note 7 and S7 smartphones catching fire [Update]

Note 7

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Canada surrounding Samsung’s beleaguered Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

Galaxy Note 7 phones were recalled last month following reports of overheating batteries that have the potential to become fire hazards, with various incidents of the phone overheating occurring around the world. Samsung issued replacement devices, but those devices were also recalled following further combustion issues.

The lawsuit was filed in the Ontario Superior Court by London, Ontario-based McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP. The claim alleges that Samsung was negligent because it either knew or should have known that the devices could potentially harm consumers. The lawsuit seeks damages and a declaration that defendants actions were false and emphasizes that they violated the Consumer Protection Act and the Competition Act.

Similar lawsuits have been filed in the past surrounding issues with the iPhone 6’s touch screen, dubbed ‘touch disease.’

Samsung is allowing customers who returned their phone to either exchange it for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

Update 16/10/16: A reader has reached out to us to let us know that McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP has added. The class action lawsuits statement of claim has been amended to include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge devices. We recently reported that a Winnipeg man claims his S7 exploded in his hands, though it’s unclear if this individual is included in the class action lawsuit.

[source]McKenzie Lake Lawyers[/source][via]Financial Post[/via]