My husband came into my son’s room to find something that he thought was in there. When he went in, he moved my son’s laptop that had a sensitive cord attached to it. My son claims the movement destroyed the cord. He feels that we need to buy him a new one. We don’t feel that way.

Answer:

If the cord was broken by a light touch, it is clear that it wasn’t in very good condition, and there won’t be an obligation to buy a new one. Moreover, the act will probably not be liable for damages, because the very use of such a sensitive cord implies a degree of “negligence,” and somebody who causes the damage isn’t responsible.

At the same time, perhaps an amicable compromise can be reached.

Best wishes.

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