The lawsuit was filed by residents of Cincinnati, Maryland, Illinois, New York and elsewhere, seeking certification as a class action “on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated.”
The plaintiffs argue that Whirlpool distinguishes itself from competitors by promoting its blenders as “particularly powerful.”
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“But these horsepower representations are inaccurate, misleading and materially overstate the blenders’ true operating horsepower,” the lawsuit’s initial filing states. “Indeed, it is not possible for the blenders to operate at 3.5 or even 3.0 horsepower when plugged into a standard 120-volt, 15- or 20-amp outlet in residential homes found in the United States.”
The suit contends that Whirlpool’s horsepower “representations are designed to mislead consumers into believing that blenders have much more power than they actually have, leading to consumers overpaying for the blenders …”
A message seeking comment was sent to a representative of Whirlpool Monday.
Whirlpool has much of its manufacturing in the state of Ohio, with more than 3,000 people working at a facility in Clyde, for example.