Whirlpool Customers Lose Cert. Bid Over Oven Overheating

Law360, Chicago (May 9, 2017, 4:54 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge denied certification to several classes of Whirlpool Corp. customers who claim the company’s ovens malfunction while on the self-cleaning setting, saying Tuesday they haven’t proven all of the ovens share the same defect.

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said the putative classes had failed to establish a single cause for the failure of the Whirlpool Vision II Platform wall ovens, despite their claim that all 2 million of the ovens Whirlpool has sold in the U.S. share the flaw.

Between their complaint and several subsequent filings, the customers have “continually moved the goalpost with respect to...

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