TribLIVE

| Business


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Court: Sears must face class suit on washer mold claims

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

SHLD $58.42 -$1.48

at close on WEDNESDAY

Daily Photo Galleries

Business Photo Galleries

By Margaret Cronin Fisk C.2012 Bloomberg News
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

Sears Holdings Corp. must face a group lawsuit by consumers in six states claiming the company's Kenmore-brand washers have a defect that causes mold, an appeals court said.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago reversed an earlier ruling that barred consumers from pursuing their claims as a class, or group, action.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman found that the consumers couldn't pursue claims in a class action because common issues didn't predominate over individual questions of fact, a requirement of such suits. The appeals court reversed, saying the consumers' claim of a defect leading to mold and bad odors was a common issue.

The lawsuit covers breach-of-warranty complaints by consumers in six state -- California, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. Delay sought in enforcing regulation to make mortgages easier to understand
  2. Trib 30 index of stocks gains 0.7% in May
  3. Female CEOs’ pay outpaces male colleagues
  4. West Coast port slowdown a $100M blow to apple growers
  5. Fuel and potential fires for U.S. economy ahead
  6. Honda thinks outside box
  7. GMC Sierra is part workhorse, part command center
  8. Looking to save fuel? Check online
  9. Vehicle won’t run if sensor is on the fritz
  10. GDP data, consumer sentiment drop slash stocks
  11. Silk Road founder Ulbricht gets life term for drug-selling website