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Folsom-Based Law Firm Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against Samsung

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This Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, photo shows a damaged Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a table in Richmond, Va., after it caught fire earlier in the day.

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Samsung recently issued a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 model after reports of the phone batteries overheating and in some instances catching fire.

Wednesday, a Folsom-based law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against Samsung alleging other models also overheated and burned customers.

Attorney Gene Stonebarger says he and other attorneys are representing millions of Californians who own phones containing similar batteries to the Galaxy Note 7.

“At the very least Samsung should recall these phones, provide warnings to consumers so that consumers are made aware of the dangers and the risks that exist with the Samsung phones beyond just the Note 7s.”

Stonebarger says this is the first class-action lawsuit in the country targeting Samsung devices other than the Note 7.

"It's become clear that it's, the problem extends beyond the Note 7, the problem, the root source of the problem relates to lithium-ion batteries."

The suit calls for Samsung to recall various Galaxy S6 and S7 models.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation banned Note 7 phones from all flights. Samsung could not be reached for comment on the lawsuit.