In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation

Case No. 1:08-WP-65000 (MDL 2001)


Frequently Asked Questions


BASIC INFORMATION
1. Why was the notice issued?
2. Why did I receive the notice?
3. What are the lawsuits about?
4. Why is this a class action?
5. Why is there a Settlement?
6. Who is included in the Settlement?
7. How do I know if I am a Class Member?
8. Who isn’t included in the Settlement Class?

THE SETTLEMENT BENEFITS—WHAT YOU GET IF YOU QUALIFY
9. What benefits does the Settlement provide?
10. Tell me more about the $50 cash payments.
11. What are the deadlines to qualify for and receive a $50 cash payment?
12. Tell me more about the cash rebates.
13. What are the deadlines to qualify for and receive a cash rebate?
14. Tell me more about the reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses.
15. What is the deadline to qualify for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses?

HOW TO GET BENEFITS—SUBMITTING A CLAIM FORM
16. How many benefits can I receive?
17. How do I get a Settlement benefit to which I may be entitled?
18. What rights am I giving up by getting benefits and staying in the Settlement Class?
19. What are the Released Claims?

THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING YOU AND THE SETTLEMENT CLASS
20. Do I have a lawyer in this case?
21. How will these lawyers be paid?

EXCLUDING YOURSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT CLASS

If you want to keep the right to sue or continue to sue Defendants about the legal claims in this lawsuit, and you don’t want to receive benefits from this Settlement, you must take steps to exclude yourself from the Settlement. This is sometimes called “opting out” of the Settlement Class.

22. How do I get out of the Settlement?
23. If I exclude myself, can I still get benefits from this Settlement?
24. If I don’t exclude myself, can I sue Defendants for the same claims later?

OBJECTING TO THE SETTLEMENT

You can tell the Court if you don’t agree with the Settlement or any part of it.

25. How do I tell the Court if I don’t like the Settlement?
26. What is the difference between objecting and asking to be excluded from the Settlement?

THE COURT’S FAIRNESS HEARING

The Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlement. You may attend and you may ask to speak at the hearing, but you don’t have to.

27. When and where will the Court decide whether to approve the Settlement?
28. Do I have to come to the hearing?
29. May I speak at the hearing?

IF YOU DO NOTHING
30. What happens if I don’t do anything?

GETTING MORE INFORMATION
31. What if I feel like I need more information about what I should or should not do?

DO NOT WRITE OR CALL THE COURT, WHIRLPOOL, MAYTAG, SEARS, OR ANY APPLIANCE RETAILER, DEALER, OR AGENT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE SETTLEMENT OR THIS LAWSUIT.

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