Big Defense Win In Whirlpool, But Everyone Still Loses

Law360, New York (December 4, 2014, 11:14 AM EST) -- Last month, an Ohio federal court jury returned a verdict in favor of Whirlpool after a three-week trial to determine whether it was liable to all Ohio purchasers of its front-load washing machines on a theory that the machines were defective. See In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab. Litig. (Glazer v. Whirlpool Corp.) (N.D. Ohio Oct. 31, 2014).

The defense verdict in this rare class action trial is an important reminder of the need to stringently enforce class certification standards in product-defect cases. The jury's decision highlights what many knew from the outset — claims based on the allegation...

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