Jury Vindicates Whirlpool In Moldy Washer Trial

By Sindhu Sundar (October 30, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT) -- An Ohio federal jury on Thursday freed Whirlpool Corp. from allegations in a long-running class action that some of its washer models contained a defect that could produce foul-smelling mold, finding that the washers were not negligently designed.

After a trial that began Oct. 7, the jury delivered the verdict against named plaintiffs Gina Glazer and Trina Allison. The jury rejected their allegations that the Whirlpool washer models at issue were negligently designed and that the appliance maker breached its warranty. The dispute involved 20 front-loading washer models sold to Ohio residents over an eight-and-a-half-year span, beginning in 2001.

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