A class-action lawsuit alleging that Whirlpool Corp. front-loading washers could develop mold and musty odors was reinstated by a federal appeals court July 18.  The U.S. Supreme Court in April reversed a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that consumers could proceed as a group, known as class action certification, and asked the Sixth Circuit to reconsider its decision. The Sixth Circuit has completed its reevaluation and this week affirmed its previous decision. Plaintiffs alleged that design flaws in the front-loading washing machines were prone to develop mold and give off a musty odor.

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