May 2017: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement.
June 2016: A federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement of a false advertising class-action lawsuit against Whirlpool. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2012, alleges that the company misrepresents the energy efficiency of KitchenAid refrigerators (models KSRG25FV** and KSRS25RV**) as being ENERGY Star®-qualified and labeling them with the ENERGY STAR® logo when they do not meet the ENERGY STAR® standards for energy efficiency and use “significantly more energy than their labels state.” According to the settlement terms, class members may receive either:
- A $55 refund for each purchase (any amount that a class member received through Whirlpool’s Voluntary Customer Satisfaction Program will be deducted from the class member’s refund) or
- A 10% rebate of the purchase price of a new KitchenAid major appliance (class members are eligible to receive rebates for each refrigerator purchased; there is no cap on the maximum amount of the rebate).
A final fairness hearing is scheduled for May 18, 2017. (Dei Rossi et al v. Whirlpool Corporation, Case No. 12-cv-125, E. D. CA.)
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