A Hollywood, Fla., couple alleges in a lawsuit that a defective Xbox, Microsoft’s popular gaming system, ignited and caused a fire that severely damaged their home.

Richard Steckler and his wife, Lori, claim in their suit, filed July 25 in Broward Circuit Court, that Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft was negligent and also liable under strict liability theory for the damage to their home. The April 2003 fire, they say, forced them out of their home for a year.

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