A supplemental preliminary approval hearing was held on April 26, 2019. At the hearing, the Court preliminarily approved amendments to the settlement agreement which added additional models and serial numbers of affected dishwashers to the settlement. The Court also approved additional notice to certain class members. The parties anticipate that the final settlement approval hearing will be held sometime this fall.
On September 9, 2013, Klein Lawyers together with Alberta law firm James H. Brown & Associates filed a class action lawsuit against Whirlpool Corporation, Sears Holdings Management Corporation, Sears Roebuck and Co., Inc., Sears Canada Inc., Whirlpool Canada Co. and Whirlpool Canada LP, for manufacturing and selling defective dishwashers that can have serious failings including spontaneous fires from a defective control panel.
The lawsuit has been brought on behalf of Canadian consumers who purchased Whirlpool, KitchenAide and Kenmore branded dishwashers. The lawsuit alleges that the dishwashers are dangerously defective. Specifically, the electronic control board on the dishwashers may overheat, causing a fire.
The dishwashers contain a dangerous defect and the product is a fire hazard. Each dishwasher is equipped with an electronic control board and has a unreasonable propensity to over-heat. The Defendants have known about this product defect for years, and yet have failed to take appropriate corrective action, including warning consumers, recalling or repairing the product and is in breach of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and the Sale of Goods Act.
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