Defective Products

Front Load Washers

Issue: Allegedly defective washing machines

Lieff Cabraser is pleased to announce that a federal court has preliminarily approved a settlement in the class action lawsuit relating to mold and odor problems in certain Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag brand front-loading washing machines.

To learn about your rights under the settlement, determine if your washing machine is included, and submit a claim for compensation under the settlement, please visit the official settlement website, Please note that the deadline to submit a claim for compensation under the settlement is October 11, 2016.

If after reviewing the materials posted at, you have further questions about the settlement, you may contact us at 866-313-1973 or There is no charge or cost to you for doing so.

Consumers Charged Defects in Front-Load Washing Machines Lead to Mold and Mildew

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and other states in cases relating to the presence of mold in front-loading washing machines sold by Whirlpool and Sears (the seller of Kenmore washers).

The complaints charge that certain front-load washers manufactured and sold by these companies are defective because they accumulate mold and cannot adequately clean themselves. As a result, the complaints allege, these washers require extraordinary and expensive actions by consumers including running extra cleaning cycles, leaving the door open between use, and wiping down the washer after every use with bleach. The complaints further assert that the manufacturers wrongly failed to disclose the machines’ defect, and maintenance required as a result, prior to sale.

Front Load Washer Lawsuits: Specific Allegations

Consumers charge that their front-load washers have serious design defects that:

  • cause them to accumulate mold, mildew, and other biological debris
  • render them unable to clean themselves of this mold, mildew, and biological debris
  • produce an odor (from mold) that permeates the washing machines and the consumers’ homes
  • produce an odor on clothes and other items washed in the machines

The plaintiffs further allege that although they and other consumers have spent money for repairs and other purported remedies, none of those remedies have actually solved the defect, which is inherent to these particular washing machines’ design.

Trademark Notice

“Whirlpool Duet,” “Whirlpool Duet Sport,” and “Whirlpool Duet HT” are registered trademarks of Whirlpool, USA. “Sears” is a registered trademark of the Sears Holdings Corporation. “Bosch” is a trademark of Robert Bosch, LLC. Any use of trademarks are for informational and product identification purposes only. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is not affiliated in any way with Whirlpool, USA, Sears Holdings Corporation, or Bosch.