Comments on: Why Whirlpool’s win in moldy washer trial vindicates consumer class actions http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2014/10/30/why-whirlpools-win-in-moldy-washer-trial-vindicates-consumer-class-actions/ On the Case Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:42:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Whipsplash http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2014/10/30/why-whirlpools-win-in-moldy-washer-trial-vindicates-consumer-class-actions/#comment-3653 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:36:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/?p=4544#comment-3653 A Whirlpool washing machine? no thank you, what else have you got?
When winning really isn’t.

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By: MaskOfZero http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2014/10/30/why-whirlpools-win-in-moldy-washer-trial-vindicates-consumer-class-actions/#comment-3650 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 02:24:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/?p=4544#comment-3650 Class actions make lawyers rich–and legal firms aggressively seek out class actions in order to make more money. Check out recent class actions and the division of the spoils between defendants and lawyers.

When the issue is something like asbestos, or other serious, and demonstrable health risk–class actions seem necessary and acceptable. But when this law is used for minor and possibly spurious consumer complaints drummed up by lawyers–class actions seem an onerous burden on business and ultimately the consumer.

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By: QuietThinker http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2014/10/30/why-whirlpools-win-in-moldy-washer-trial-vindicates-consumer-class-actions/#comment-3648 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:34:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/?p=4544#comment-3648 Class action or no class action is primarily about getting lawyers paid not about justice. Consumers do not ever win in class actions only lawyers.

Mold or no mold should not be the question. Poor design should not be grounds for a lawsuit only negligent design. The courts seem no longer able to make that distinction.

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By: peskymeme http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2014/10/30/why-whirlpools-win-in-moldy-washer-trial-vindicates-consumer-class-actions/#comment-3645 Sun, 02 Nov 2014 23:11:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/?p=4544#comment-3645 The class-action suit may give Whirlpool some liability protection, but how many consumers could afford individual lawsuits over mold in a washing machine? No attorney would take a case like that individually. Without cause for some kind of serious punitive damages, what would they win, a new pair of udnderwear? Without class action, nobody could afford any kind of action.

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By: Zaichik http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2014/10/30/why-whirlpools-win-in-moldy-washer-trial-vindicates-consumer-class-actions/#comment-3644 Sun, 02 Nov 2014 18:19:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/?p=4544#comment-3644 It might have been worth mentioning that the manufacturers of front-loading washing machines give very explicit and easy to follow instructions which, judging by the relatively small number of complaints, prevent mold. This probably explains the Cleveland decision and the likely outcome of the other cases.

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