What began as a garden-variety product liability case between an insurance company and a manufacturer took an odd twist when the manufacturer agreed to pay every cent demanded, plus interest, but the insurance company angrily objected to getting what it asked for.

The Automobile Insurance Co. of Hartford went so far as to accuse Electrolux Home Products Inc. of engaging in an “abusive trial tactic” for offering the insurer a 100 percent reimbursement and, thereby, denying the insurer the soapbox of a public trial.