PHILADELPHIA – A class action lawsuit filed June 30 against Samsung in the U.S. District
Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania centers on an alleged defect that attorneys believe has
affected hundreds of thousands of people nationwide.
“This concerns a defective drain pump (that) causes leaks
and that can explode, causing damages,” Greg Coleman, founder and managing
partner of Greg Coleman Law PC, told the Pennsylvania
The lawsuit, filed by lead plaintiff Rose Wagner of
Downingtown, alleges breach of implied warranty, design defect, failure to
warn, negligence and product liability. Wagner alleged in her complaint that
Samsung knew the washing machines it manufactured were defective, but that the
company sold them to customers anyway.
Wagner said a washing machine she bought in 2015 caused
roughly $25,000 of damage to her home, stemming from a leak that rendered the machine unusable without substantial repairs, including
replacement of the pump and realignment. Wagner alleges the damage also
prevented her washing machine from spinning and draining water.
Coleman said Wagner’s is not the only case of its kind. Greg Coleman
Law and Berger & Montague are two of three firms representing the class in
the Wagner lawsuit.
“There are some other cases, but no way to tell if they will
be consolidated at this point,” Coleman said.
Michael Fantini, of Berger & Montague, said his firm is aware of one other lawsuit filed
against Samsung earlier this year in connection with allegations of damage
caused by exploding washing machines, but he could not say whether that case
and any others like it will be consolidated with the Wagner class action.
“We make similar allegations of fact,” Fantini told the
Pennsylvania Record. “It may be similar in nature to the others.”
According to Wagner’s lawsuit, Samsung started receiving
complaints in 2011 that some models of its top-loading washing machines had
serious defects, but the company did not stop selling the machines or issue a
“Samsung received high numbers of consumer complaints
related to models within its WA400 and WA500-series washing machines for
problems with their spin cycles, high vibrations, breaking springs and even ‘explosions’
related to the washing machines’ spin cycles,” the lawsuit said.
The plaintiffs in the Wagner class action allege that the
design of the machines is defective because the position and location of the
drain pump causes high-stress concentrations that result in fracturing and
separation of the drain pump assembly’s motor housing from its mounting base.
The suit also alleges that Samsung made errors in the manufacturing process or
The complaint alleges that the machines’ highly touted
digital inverter motor, which allows the machines to spin at high speeds, and
the machines’ wash motor parts “are simply too powerful for the materials
selected for use in the rest of the
washing machines,” including the pump assembly.
The complaint alleges that the
defect in the machines can cause significant water leakage and washing machine
explosions, potentially resulting in property damage and personal injury.
“We believe that this has affected a large number of people
across the country,” Fantini said.