A federal judge significantly trimmed a proposed class action lawsuit claiming GE front-loading washing machines accumulate mold, mildew and foul odors, but refused to dismiss the complaint entirely.
U.S. District Judge William J. Martini dismissed six of the seven claims in the class action lawsuit but stopped short of striking the class allegations because it would be “premature at this stage of the proceedings.”
The amended complaint alleges that GE’s front-loading washing machines have design defects that cause them to accumulate mold and mildew and produce an offensive odor that permeates the washing machine and anything inside it, including clothes.
The class action lawsuit further alleges that defects in the drum, the door and the seal play a key role in this accumulation of mold and mildew, and that GE made numerous misrepresentations to conceal these design defects.
Plaintiffs in the GE washing machine class action lawsuit say they paid “far too much” for the defective machines – from nearly $600 to over $2,000 – which began to mold within months of purchase.
The plaintiffs further allege that GE failed to honor its warranty for the washing machines and responded to complaints of mildew and mold by advising plaintiffs to keep their machine door open to prevent molding or to use Tide washing machine cleaner to remedy the problem. None of these “remedies” worked, however.
Judge Martini dismissed the majority of the claims brought in the class action lawsuit, saying the plaintiffs “failed to provide basic information about key aspects of their claims,” including explaining which washing machine models they were talking about.
The judge said he would issue a subsequent order about the plaintiffs’ next options to proceed with the case.
The GE Washing Machine Mildew Class Action Lawsuit case is Stanley Fishman, et al. v. General Electric Co., Case No. 12-cv-585 (WJM), U.S. District Court, New Jersey.
UPDATE: A federal judge dismissed the GE washing machine class action lawsuit on April 23, 2014.
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