Consumers are suing Whirlpool, Lowe’s, and Sears because they say the major retailers sold Maytag Centennial washing machines with the ENERGY STAR logo, but the machines did not meet ENERGY STAR standards.
ENERGY STAR-qualified washing machines are required to use around 37 percent less energy and 50 percent water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Although the machines are more expensive than the standard models, they are supposed to reduce energy and water bills that, over time, will make up for the price difference. The Maytag Centennial class action lawsuit claims that consumers who purchased a Maytag Centennial never reaped those rewards.
“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 lawsuit seeks 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.