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Whirlpool Washer Mold Cases Move Forward

Whirlpool Front Load Washer Mold Class Action Heads to Trial

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in multiple states who have filed class action lawsuits against Whirlpool over the presence of mold in their washing machines. On September 19, 2014, U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko denied Whirlpool’s effort to dismiss the class action on a summary judgment motion. While the Court granted summary judgment on two of the claims, most significantly it denied Whirlpool’s motion to seek to avoid design defect and breach of implied warranty claims, paving the way for the trial to commence in early October 2014.

Commenting on the Court’s order, Lieff Cabraser attorney Jonathan Selbin stated to Law360, “For years Whirlpool has told anyone who would listen that we had no viable legal claims and that our class representatives’ facts did not fit our claims. This thorough and well-reasoned opinion squarely rejects those arguments. We eagerly await commencement of trial [against Whirlpool] next month.”

The complaint charges that certain front-loading washers manufactured and sold by Whirlpool are defective because they accumulate mold and cannot adequately clean themselves. As a result, the complaints allege, ordinary operation of these washers requires extraordinary and expensive actions by consumers including running extra cleaning cycles, leaving the door open between uses, and scouring the washer after every use with bleach.

Learn more about defective front-load washer lawsuits.