Home Depot Escapes Whirlpool Energy Star Label Row

Law360, New York (January 20, 2017, 9:39 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday freed Home Depot from a lawsuit attempting to hold the company liable, as Whirlpool's agent, for selling washing machines that Whirlpool allegedly falsely labeled as energy-efficient, ultimately ruling any breach of warranty claims are not Home Depot’s fight.

Home Depot Inc. in July asked to be released from the consumers' putative class action against Whirlpool Corp. and two other home appliance retailers, saying the consumers had no proof connecting Home Depot to Whirlpool's warranty.

The judge agreed, also dismissing the claims against Sears Holdings Corp. and Lowe’s Home Centers LLC, but allowing to stand...

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