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The Grenfell Tower fire in London on June 14, 2017. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Defective products made by 3 U.S. firms fueled London's Grenfell Tower fire in which 72 people died, a lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday alleges.

Details: The suit names as defendants Whirlpool Corp., which makes the Hotpoint refrigerator that investigators determined caused the fire, insulation manufacturer Celotex Corp. and cladding fabricator Arconic Inc. over the June 14, 2017, tragedy.

The highly flammable cladding turned Grenfell Tower into a flaming coffin."
— Lawsuit allegation

The big picture: The suit, filed by Philadelphia attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi on behalf of survivors and the families of those killed in the fire, doesn't seek specific monetary damages. A jury would determine what penalty, if any, the defendants would pay, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

What they're saying: An Arconic spokesperson told the Inquirer the firm would "respond to this litigation in court." Celotex told the BBC it's "considering its position" following the suit. A Whirlpool spokesperson said it's assisting with the inquiry but it's "inappropriate to comment further," according to the Independent.

  • The Whirlpool spokesperson added that 2 separate investigations verified by the U.K. government’s chief scientific adviser "independently found no evidence of any fault with this model and confirmed that it fully complied with all safety requirements."

Go deeper: 600 buildings across England at similar risk to Grenfell

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Dunkin' Brands agrees to $11B Inspire Brands sale

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Dunkin' Brands, operator of both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, agreed on Friday to be taken private for nearly $11.3 billion, including debt, by Inspire Brands, a restaurant platform sponsored by private equity firm Roark Capital.

Why it matters: Buying Dunkin’ will more than double Inspire’s footprint, making it one of the biggest restaurant deals in the past 10 years. This could ultimately set up an IPO for Inspire, which already owns Arby's, Jimmy John's and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Federal judge halts Trump administration limit on TikTok

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A federal judge on Friday issued an injunction preventing the Trump administration from imposing limits on the distribution of TikTok, Bloomberg reports. The injunction request came as part of a suit brought by creators who make a living on the video service.

Why it matters: The administration has been seeking to force a sale of, or block, the Chinese-owned service. It also moved to ban the service from operating in the U.S. as of Nov. 12, a move which was put on hold by Friday's injunction.