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Whirlpool Wins Steam Dryer Court Battle with LG; Fridge Case Continues
Aug 12, 2011
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The United States District Court in Chicago this week entered a final judgment in favor of Whirlpool Corp. (Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.) in a case filed by LG Electronics (Seoul) involving Whirlpool's steam dryer advertising.

The court had previously ruled that "Whirlpool has established that its dryers do, in fact, use steam," and that "LG did not introduce expert testimony or credible evidence of even a single Whirlpool customer, retailer, or trade representative who expressed confusion."

Whirlpool said the court's decision this week resolved all remaining legal issues in favor of Whirlpool, "concluding Whirlpool Corporation's complete victory against LG."

"We're very pleased with the Court's decision," said Marc Bitzer, president, Whirlpool North America Region. "Whirlpool Corporation's steam dryers provide more convenient steam performance and are a perfect example of the innovative laundry solutions that Whirlpool has provided for 100 years. This victory means consumers will continue to have a choice in purchasing their steam laundry appliances."

The legal battle between Whirlpool and LG over refrigerator patents continues. LG originally sued to have Whirlpool fridge patents invalidated; Whirlpool countersued. In March 2010, a jury trial found mostly in favor of Whirlpool and awarded Whirlpool $1,786,925. On July 1, 2011, the court granted a new trial and set a trial date of Sept. 28, 2011. Whirlpool is seeking a judgment that better validates its patent claims; LG seeks to have the claims of patent violation invalidated and eliminate its liability.

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