All Minn. Federal Judges DQ'd From Whirlpool Defect Suit

Law360 (December 16, 2019, 9:01 PM EST) -- Minnesota's chief federal judge on Monday recused himself and all other district and magistrate judges in the state from hearing a proposed class action over allegedly defective Whirlpool cooktops because a retired Minnesota federal judge filed the suit.

Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim said in a one-page order that because former Judge James Rosenbaum filed the suit, all judges in the District of Minnesota are disqualified from hearing his claims that Whirlpool electric cooktops pose a fire risk.

Rosenbaum was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and served on the bench until his retirement in 2010, according to the...

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