Whirlpool, Stores Keep Energy Star Washing Machine Suit Win

Law360 (July 15, 2020, 8:06 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge refused to undo his dismissal of class claims that Whirlpool Corp. and home improvement stores deceptively marketed energy-efficient washing machines, ruling Wednesday that the machines were manufactured before industry standards became stricter.

U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty rejected the customers' argument that changes made to the government's Energy Star program in 2010 should be retroactively applied to washing machines they purchased in 2009. The judge noted that after the guidance was issued, the U.S. Department of Energy allowed for the 2009 washers to retain their Energy Star designation until January 2011.

"Throughout, the washers did deliver...

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