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Plaintiffs’ Counsel Comments on Verdict in Whirlpool Defective Front-Load Washers Trial

Jonathan D. Selbin, chair of the defective products practice group at the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel, announced that a jury in federal court in Ohio today returned a verdict in favor of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR). The class action was brought on behalf of Ohio residents who purchased certain models of front-loading Whirlpool Duet washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2008 that had a propensity to develop mold and odors.

Commenting on the verdict, Selbin stated: “After six years of hotly contested litigation, we are disappointed with the jury’s findings. We have tremendous respect for the dedication and hard work of the jurors and the Court during this trial. We think there are a number of good grounds for appeal based on pre-trial and in-trial rulings that prevented us from showing the jury very compelling evidence, including, in particular, evidence of the health risks Whirlpool itself recognized internally that mold in its Duet washers could cause. We intend to appeal.”

“This is not the end of this fight, it is the end of the beginning,” Selbin said. “There have been many rounds over the last six years, including two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, and there will be many more rounds to come, including more trials in other states. This trial was just for Ohio residents under Ohio law. We are by no means done standing up for the millions of consumers across the country to whom Whirlpool sold defective Whirlpool Duet and Sears Kenmore washers between 2001 and 2008 that develop mold, mildew, and odors, and require extra maintenance to try to maintain. Until Whirlpool takes responsibility for selling defective washers, the fight will continue.”

“We want to acknowledge and thank Gina Glazer and Trina Allison, two tough Ohio women who spent the last six years—and the last four weeks—standing up for what is right,” stated Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark P. Chalos. “They stood to gain little financially, yet opened themselves to withering attack by Whirlpool and its lawyers, all for the simple, but important, goal of holding Whirlpool accountable to Ohio consumers.” Chalos and Richard M. Heimann served as plaintiffs’ Lead Trial Counsel.

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Jonathan D. Selbin
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP