7th Circ. Backs Class Cert. In Sears Moldy Washer Row

Law360, New York (November 13, 2012, 5:19 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday supported class certification in its review of a class action accusing Sears Roebuck & Co. of selling washing machines prone to developing moldy odors and stopping suddenly because of a mechanical flaw.

The appeals court reviewed two certification orders from the Illinois district court suit, reversing that court’s decision not to certify the class over claims of the mold defect and denying Sears’ bid to overturn certification over the sudden-stoppage claim. Both defects purportedly have cost plaintiff class members hundreds or...
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