A federal judge says he won't certify a complaint against Whirlpool Corp. as a class-action lawsuit because he is not sure whether residents of a polluted Arkansas neighborhood or the company is the driving force behind it.
The Southwest Times Record reported Thursday that U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III rejected a joint motion seeking class-action status and the approval of a proposed settlement.
A degreasing solvent leaked into groundwater near the plant, reducing property values. Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Whirlpool closed the plant in 2012.