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Whirlpool Washer Mold Settlement Receives Final Approval

Settlement Receives Final Approval in Whirlpool Front-Load Washer Mold Cases

On September 23, 2016, Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted final approval to the settlement of the Whirlpool front-load washer mold cases, bringing an end to nine-plus years of hard-fought litigation. With a claims period that closes in a few short weeks on October 11, 2016, the settlement provides class members who experienced mold or odor the choice of $50 cash, a 20% discount off purchase of a new washer (worth $148.50) or, if they paid out of pocket or to replace their washer due to mold /odor, dollar for dollar cash reimbursement up to $500.

Class members who experienced mold or odor with their washers have until October 11, 2016 to file their claims. Visit washersettlement.com for more information.

Owners of the affected Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag-brand front-loading washers can now submit claims as part of the settlement of several class action lawsuits brought on claims that the machines fail to adequately self-clean. The suits alleged that certain Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag brand front-loading washing machines manufactured between 2001 and 2010 fail to adequately self-clean themselves of laundry residue, resulting in mold or mildew buildup that can cause bad odors and ruined laundry. As noted, all claims must be submitted by October 11, 2016.

If you are included in the Settlement, you may qualify for one of a variety of benefits including a cash payment, a rebate on the purchase of a new washing machine or dryer, or reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred due to past mold or odor problems in your washing machine.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t act. Please read the FAQ notice on the WasherSettlement.com settlement website carefully. Please also note that the deadline to submit a claim for compensation under the settlement is October 11, 2016.

Submit a Claim Form

Deadline: October 11, 2016

The only way to get a cash payment, a rebate for the purchase of a new washing machine or dryer, or reimbursement for the repair or replacement of a washing machine with mold or odor problems is to complete and submit a Claim Form, including all required documentation. Your Claim Form and documentation must be submitted online no later than October 11, 2016, or mailed via U.S. Mail with a postmark no later than October 11, 2016.

LG Front-Load Washer Settlement

Owners of LG brand front-loading washers made between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2006 have until October 10th to submit claims for cash or a rebate to www.lgwashersettlement.com. Owners of LG washers included in the Settlement may qualify for a $35 cash payment or a $105 rebate on the purchase of a new washer. An estimated 700-800,000 LG washers were sold during the relevant period.

All claims under the LG settlement must be submitted by October 10, 2016.

Discussion of the settlement can be found at Consumer Reports and NBC’s ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum. The settlement includes all front-loading LG washing machines purchased between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2006. Additional information on the settlement can be found at www.lgwashersettlement.com.

Further Information & Questions

If you have any questions about the Whirlpool front-load washer mold lawsuit and settlement that are not answered by the information available at www.washersettlement.com, please feel to contact us. If you have questions about the LG front-load washer mold lawsuit and settlement not answered on the LG settlement website at www.lgwashersettlement.com, please feel free to contact us.