High Court's Whirlpool Snub Invites More Defect Suits

Law360, New York (February 24, 2014, 8:43 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's surprising refusal Monday to reconsider controversial class certifications in washer defect suits against Whirlpool Corp. and others exposes manufacturers to greater liability in product defect actions, as it allows consumers to join a class even if the product they bought does not exhibit the alleged defect, attorneys say.

The high court denied certiorari petitions by Whirlpool Corp. and Sears Roebuck & Co., which challenged Sixth and Seventh Circuit court rulings certifying the plaintiffs even though a vast majority of them did not...
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