Judge Won't Split Claims In Electrolux Dryer Fire Suit

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Friday rejected Electrolux Home Products Inc.'s bid to sever scores of property damage claims from a lawsuit over allegedly defective clothes dryers, saying to farm them out to local jurisdictions would merely complicate matters.

Electrolux had sought to have about 160 of 210 claims severed from the lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois and move each of them to the geographical district where the damage allegedly occurred.

“These claims span 57 federal judicial districts in 33 different states,” U.S. District...
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