Electrolux Must Face The Heat In Defective Dishwasher Row

Law360, New York (October 5, 2016, 2:49 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday said Electrolux Home Products Inc. cannot escape a proposed class action alleging its dishwashers spontaneously ignite and cause flooding, concluding the facts are strong enough to bring to court.

U.S. District John Z. Lee said plaintiff Teresa Elward has sufficiently addressed the "who, what, when, where and how" of her breach of warranty and fraud allegations against the dishwasher manufacturer, providing specific examples that show the devices lasted between nine months to two years — instead of nine to 11 years — before they unexpectedly overheated and caught fire.

Electrolux, the world's second-largest appliance maker,...

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