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Class Action Lawsuits Against Front Loading Washers

Friday, March 21, 2014 11:36 AM | Anonymous


A federal appeals court has upheld class action lawsuits against Sears/Kenmore, Whirlpool, LG, GE, Bosch, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Samsung and other manufacturers of front load or front-loading washing machines due to mold and odor problems. The lawsuits claim that defective manufacturing caused the high-efficiency washers to malfunction, ruin clothes and necessitate costly appliance repairs.

These allegations come in the wake of a series of previous rulings in the last few years that have made it more difficult for consumers to reap hefty financial returns on class action suits. The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court must consider whether individual claims against Sears Roebuck and Co, Whirlpool Corporation and BSH Home Appliance Corporation washers are similar enough to warrant a class action suit. If the court decides they are, these claims can be heard together as one case.

Attorney, Scot Nelson, who represents the consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, believes that judicial certification is the best and most efficient avenue to resolving mass actions. In his own words: “It would significantly impair the ability of consumers to pursue class remedies against widespread product defects if certification were not permitted in these kinds of cases.”

According to Whirlpool, more than 4 million individual claims are involved in these lawsuits and more against other manufacturers are pending. Tim Bishop, an attorney representing both Sears and Whirlpool stresses the fact that despite the sheer immensity of numbers, the vast majority of consumers experienced no problems at all with their front-loading washers. He states: “What’s critical here is that the court not allow classes predominantly made of people who never suffered any problem.”

If the court agrees to hear even one of these cases, a ruling could be expected by the end of June. Collectively, the cases pending are: Sears v. Butler, 13-430, Whirlpool Corp v. Glazer, 13-431 and BSH v. Cobb, 13-138.

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