Complaints about mold and smell in people's front loading washers lead to a class-action lawsuit against Whirlpool and Sears.

The lawsuit involved 5.6 million Whirlpool, Maytag, and Kenmore front loading Washing machines.

You could be entitled to a $50 cash payment, a rebate on your next machine, or reimbursement for your repairs.

The lawsuit claimed that the front-loading washers did not adequately clean themselves of laundry residue, and resulted in mold or mildew buildup, bad odors, and ruined laundry.

Water, soap, and debris will settle between the rubber gasket just inside the door and the machine's metal housing creating a buildup of mold.

If you have a front-loader made between 2001 and 2010 you may have some cash coming.  You can find a full list of affected machines at

You must complete and submit a Claim Form, including required documentation. Your Claim Form and documentation must be submitted online no later than, or mailed via U.S. Mail with a postmark no later than, October 11, 2016.

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