Consumer class-action lawsuits against Sears and Whirlpool over stinky washing machines can continue.

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the companies’ appeals aimed at blocking the class-action suits because, they contended, only a small percentage of consumers were affected.

The consumers say their front-loading washers didn’t clean themselves adequately, causing foul odors.

The Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from Whirlpool in a case filed by Ohio customers, and from Sears Holdings Corp. in a suit by consumers in six states over Whirlpool-made machines. The court also rejected a similar appeal by a unit of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH over its washers, Bloomberg reported.

The rebuff is a setback for business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that backed the appeals. The groups sought to build on Supreme Court victories they won in 2011 in a case involving Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and last year in a case concerning Comcast Corp.

Sears said the appeals court decision in the retailer’s case “opens the door to class actions based on any mass-produced product’s failure to meet expectations of a handful of consumers, no matter how few other buyers had the same problem.”

via Bloomberg

rest at


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s