Consumers are claiming in a federal class action lawsuit that Whirlpool, Lowe’s and Sears sold Maytag Centennial washing machines with an ENERGY STAR logo, but that the machines do not meet the ENERGY STAR standards.
According to the Maytag Centennial class action lawsuit, ENERGY STAR-qualified washing machines are required by the U.S. Department of Energy to use approximately 37% less energy and 50% less water than standard models. They are more expensive than standard models, but they come with the promise of reduced energy and water bills that, over time, will generate enough savings to recoup the higher price.
“This is the fundamental bargain the ENERGY STAR program offers: consumers pay a higher up-front price initially but save more on energy bills over time using the product,” the Maytag Centennial washing machine class action lawsuit states.
For consumers who purchased the mislabeled Maytag Centennial washing machines, however, the promised savings from reduced energy bills never came. “Instead, Class Members were hit with a costly double-whammy: a higher up-front price… followed by higher energy bills,” the class action lawsuit states.
The mislabeled Maytag Centennial washing machines are model numbers MVWC6ESWW0, MVWC6ESWW1, and MVWC7ESWW0.
The Maytag Centennial ENERGY STAR class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all U.S. consumers who purchased one of the mislabeled Maytag Centennial model numbers listed above. It is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, restitution, prejudgment interest, and other relief for alleged violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty of merchantability, unjust enrichment, unfair competition, false advertising and consumer fraud.
A copy of the Maytag Centennial ENERGY STAR Washing Machine Class Action Lawsuit
can be read here
The case is Charlene Dzielak, et al. v. Whirlpool Corporation, et al.
, Case No. 33-av-00001, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.