Defective Products & Consumer Protection

LG Front Load Washing Machine Mold/Mildew Litigation

Practice: Consumer Protection
Phase: Current

On May 6, 2008, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, along with co-counsel, filed a consolidated class action complaint in the District Court for the District of New Jersey against LG Electronics USA, Inc. (“LG”) on behalf of consumers who purchased allegedly defective front load washing machines manufactured or sold by LG (the “Washing Machines”).  According to the complaint, the Washing Machines suffer from a design and/or manufacturing defect that leads to the formation of mold and mildew on the inside of the washing machines. In addition to being unsightly and smelly, the mold and mildew that forms on the interior of the Washing Machines can damage clothes and other items, substantially decrease the value of these high-end products, and produce foul and noxious odors, according to the complaint. The complaint alleges that the named plaintiffs have run bleach and other cleaning products through their Washing Machines in an attempt to cleanse them of mold and mildew, but that these efforts have been unsuccessful.

The Plaintiffs have requested that the court certify state-wide classes of all consumers who purchased an LG front load washer from August 1, 2003 through December 31, 2007 in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. The class certification motion has been fully briefed and the Court held an evidentiary hearing on the motion.  The Court has not yet decided whether to certify the proposed state-wide classes. In a similar case concerning Whirlpool front-loading washing machines, a bellwether Ohio class of consumers was certified, and on February 24, 2014, the United States Supreme Court denied Whirlpool’s petition to reverse that class certification decision. More information on that case is available here: Whirlpool Front Load Washing Machines Litigation

The consolidated class action complaint is available here .

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Attorneys for this case:

Steven A. Schwartz

Alison Gabe Gushue

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