U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeals that Sought to Limit Class Action Claims

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected "appeals that sought to place new limits on class action claims" when it denied challenges to decisions involving allegations that "certain models of front-loading washing machines contained defects that caused them to accumulate mold," The Wall Street Journal reports. Defendants including Whirpool Corp. and a Sears Holding Corp. subsidiary argued that the individual circumstances surrounding the affected buyers' use of and issues associated with the machines were too individualized to proceed. The plaintiffs maintained that their lawsuits qualified as class actions because they all involved buyers having to absorb time and expense due to a "uniform design defect that caused mold accumulation," the article said. Although the Supreme Court last year "tossed out a class action lawsuit against Comcast Corp.," the defendants, backed by business groups, failed to convince the court to "yet again cut back on lawsuits in which litigants make claims on behalf of a large group of plaintiffs." For more, read the full story.

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