PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — An insurance company is seeking $1.8 million from Hallmark Cards and another company over a defective snow globe blamed for a fire that destroyed a home in northern Michigan.
The Jumbo Snowman snow globe was recalled in 2008, weeks after a fire destroyed the Petoskey home of Stephen and Florence Hajek. Federal regulators say the globe could act as a magnifying glass in the sun and cause a fire.
Auto-Owners Insurance paid $1.8 million after the home was destroyed. The Petoskey News-Review (http://bit.ly/uFT5qv) says the Hajeks own card stores and had snow globes in their garage.
The lawsuit filed Nov. 2 in federal court in Grand Rapids accuses Hallmark and a Taiwan company of negligence and product liability. A message seeking comment was left with Hallmark on Wednesday.