NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A New York man is suing Whirlpool, alleging it misrepresents the efficiency of certain models of its washing machines.
Walt Famular, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit Feb. 8 in U.S. District court for the Southern District of New York against Whirlpool Corporation, alleging breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, and violations of the New York General Business Law.
The suit states Whirlpool promoted certain models of its Maytag Centennial washing machines as Energy Star-qualified, labeling the machines with the Energy Star logo. The suit alleges these washing machine models do not meet the Energy Star efficiency standards and consume more water and energy than their labels state.
The U.S. Department of Energy requires that Energy Star-qualified washing machines must use approximately 50 percent less water and 37 percent less energy than standard models.
The suit states Famular and others plaintiffs paid more for these models but did not save as much as they should have on water and energy bills over time using the machines.
Famular and others in the class seek statutory, compensatory and punitive damages, plus interests, restitution and disgorgement, injunctive relief, attorney fees and other costs of the suit. They are represented by attorneys Scott A. Bursor, Joseph I. Marchese, Frederick J. Klorczyk III and Neal J. Deckant of Bursor & Fisher PA in New York.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Case number 7:16-VC-00944-VB