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Roberts v. Electrolux Home Products, Inc.

Court: United States District Court for the Central District of California
Case No.: SA CV 12-1644 CAS (VBKx)

Wexler Wallace, along with co-counsel Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC and Greg Coleman Law PC, was appointed interim co-lead counsel in this nationwide product liability class action against Electrolux Home Products, Inc. currently pending in the Central District of California before United States District Judge Christina Snyder.  The lawsuit seeks relief on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers who purchased allegedly dangerous and defective clothes dryers from Electrolux marketed under a variety of brands, including Electrolux, Frigidaire, and Kenmore.  Plaintiffs allege that the design, which allows lint to accumulate next to the heat source, has caused thousands of dryer fires throughout the United States, and that fires are made more dangerous by Electrolux’s use of flammable plastic parts.

Settlement

On September 11, 2014, the United States District Court for the Central District of California entered an order granting final approval to a nationwide class action settlement against Electrolux Home Products, Inc., related to allegedly defective dryers.

Individuals who purchased or currently own dryers with a serial number beginning with “XD,” which includes Frigidaire, Kenmore, White Westinghouse, Kelvinator, Gibson, Tappan, and Crosley brands, are eligible for a number of benefits under the Settlement—none of which will be capped by Electrolux, and none of which will require the class members to release any personal injury or property damage claims.  These benefits include, but are not limited to, cash rebates, reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, and a free safety cleaning service.

Wexler Wallace partner Edward A. Wallace spoke in favor of final approval on August 18, 2014, and Judge Christina A. Snyder recognized that the Settlement “confers significant benefits to Class members,” “totaling a minimum of $35.5 million in projected-utilization values.”

To view a copy of the Court’s order, you can click here.

If you believe you are a class member and would like more information (including copies of relevant orders and pleadings filed in this case) or want to submit a claim form to receive benefits under this Settlement, visit www.dryersettlement.com.

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To see a copy of the Preliminary Approval Order, click here.