Motion to Dismiss Denied in Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against Electrolux Alleging Defective Clothes Dryers
On August 9, 2012, U.S. District Judge D.P. Marshall Jr. of the Eastern District of Arkansas denied Electrolux’s motion to dismiss all but one of the class action claims against it alleging that Electrolux’s gas and electric clothes dryers are defective and prone to fires. Plaintiff Tammie Humphrey alleges that Electrolux dryers represent a known and unreasonable fire hazard because lint accumulates behind the drum and in the dryer’s combustible plastic air duct and blower housing, where consumers are unable to adequately detect or remove it, and where the dryer’s heat source can ignite the lint during normal use.
The lawsuit seeks certification of a nationwide class action, a declaration that the dryers are defective, a nationwide recall, and payment to class members of all damages associated with the defective dryers. To view a copy of the Class Action Complaint, click here. To view the Court’s Order denying the motion to dismiss, click here.