U.S. District Court Denies Class Certification in GE Microwave Case

September 26, 2016
On September 19, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in favor of General Electric Company in denying the plaintiffs’ request to file a renewed motion for class certification. Dickinson Wright served as co-counsel to GE along with Hunton & Williams.

In Robinson v. General Electric Company, Case No. 09-cv-11912, the plaintiffs originally sought to certify a nationwide class comprising owners of approximately 54 million GE-branded microwave ovens manufactured since 2000, plus state classes in California, Michigan and Ohio.

Earlier this year, the court denied plaintiffs’ motion to certify the proposed California class while holding the other putative classes in abeyance. The plaintiffs subsequently filed a renewed motion for class certification limited to a narrowed number of models which the court rejected in its September 19th opinion, denying certification as to all requested classes.

GE is represented in this action by Dickinson Wright lawyers Richard W. Paul and Kenneth J. McIntyre. The briefs on class certification are under seal, but the September 19, 2016 opinion is public and available here.