Dismissals in the GE Washing Machines Lawsuit
- by Ayden
The U.S. District Court dismissed six of seven claims against General Electric (GE) in a class action lawsuit on April 23. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs failed to provide enough information and did not sufficiently quantify the difference between the product they bought and the one they were promised. He dismissed the claims without prejudice. The case is now on appeal, but several important issues are remaining to be addressed. Let’s take a closer look at each of the major shortcomings of the GE washing machine lawsuit.
General Electric Washing Machines lawsuit fails to state implied warranty claim
A judge has dismissed six of seven claims in a GE washing machines class action lawsuit. Judge William J. Martini ruled that the plaintiffs did not adequately state their claims, requiring them to prove that the product did not perform as promised. Plaintiffs must prove that they contacted GE within a year of purchase to obtain a warranty. This requirement is not met by the Second Amended Complaint, which contains a disclaimer in the Owners’ Manual.
Judge Martini said that GE failed to warn consumers about defects in its front-loading washing machines. The front-loading washing machines fail to properly remove byproducts from washing and create an environment for mold. GE concealed the need for extra hot water cycles to eliminate these problems. As a result, the plaintiffs filed their lawsuits but were unsuccessful. In the end, the lawsuit was dismissed because the plaintiffs failed to state an implied warranty claim.
General Electric Washing Machines lawsuit fails to allege that Plaintiffs contacted GE within one year from purchase
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General Electric Washing Machines lawsuit fails to allege that Plaintiffs
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the average washing machine lasts for 13 years. However, some consumers have reported problems with overflowing washing machines long before this timeframe. According to one consumer’s account, his clothes washer began overflowing within two years of purchase. It is unclear if the manufacturer was responsible for the problem.
General Electric Washing Machines lawsuit fails to provide enough detail
The complaint is a general electric washing machine class action lawsuit that failed to provide enough detail to make it likely to be successful. The complaint failed to identify specific washing machines and the dates when they were discovered. GE argued that the claim for unjust enrichment and fraud did not provide enough detail to make it likely to be successful. However, the U.S. District Judge refused to dismiss the suit, stating that the plaintiffs failed to provide even the most basic details.
In response, the judge has significantly trimmed a proposed class action lawsuit against GE. The suit claimed that front-loading GE washing machines tended to accumulate mold and mildew, and produce an offensive odor. The lawsuit claimed that the mold and mildew buildup was caused by defective drums and doors and that GE made false representations to conceal the design defects. This decision sparked widespread criticism that GE should pay compensation for the damage incurred by its products
The U.S. District Court dismissed six of seven claims against General Electric (GE) in a class action lawsuit on April 23. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs failed to provide enough information and did not sufficiently quantify the difference between the product they bought and the one they were promised. He dismissed the claims without…
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