Consumer Class Action Filed Against Sears and Whirlpool for Defective Calypso Washing Machines

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Class action filed by purchaser of "Calypso Wash Motion" washing machine in Illinois state court, based on apparent manufacturing defects.

On June 29, 2004, a class action complaint was filed against Sears Roebuck & Co. (“Sears”) and Whirlpool Corporation (“Whirlpool”) in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, by Kershaw, Cutter, Ratinoff & York, LLP, with co-counsel of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran and The Wexler Firm, LLP, alleging that Whirlpool and Sears manufactured, promoted and sold defective Calypso washers (“Calypso”) to consumers throughout the United States.

The class action suit alleges that there are inherent defects in Calypso washers. The complaint alleges that despite many complaints from consumers, Whirlpool and Sears have refused to notify consumers of the defect, repair the defect or recall the Calypsos. Instead, they have continued to sell the defective machines nationwide.

According to the lawsuit, the Calypsos suffer from problems, such as U-Joint Failure, Circuit Board Malfunction, and filtration problems that cause streaking and poor quality washes. The suit seeks repair, replacement or compensation for all purchasers of the affected washers.

Kershaw Cutter attorney, Mark J. Tamblyn, says that he believes “thousands of consumers are potentially affected by the defect” and that his law firm is “dedicated to providing them with a remedy.”

Kershaw, Cutter, Ratinoff & York LLP prosecutes class actions and other complex litigation on behalf of a wide range of consumer and business clients, in state and federal courts throughout the United States. The firm is based in Sacramento, California. Contact: Mark J. Tamblyn (916) 448-9800 or

Finkelstein Thompson & Loughran has over thirty years of class action litigation experience in representing defrauded consumers and investors in class action litigation, and has been appointed to lead positions in many such actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Contact: Shannon P. Cereghino (415) 477-6715 or

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