Whirlpool wants Ohio cancer cluster lawsuit tossed

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. is asking a federal court in Ohio to throw out a civil lawsuit filed by families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a cancer cluster.

The company says the lawsuit linking its washing machine factory in northern Ohio to the cancer cases is unfounded and irresponsible.

The lawsuit says that testing in the attics of homes around the city of Clyde found a chemical compound that is suspected of causing cancer.

The families say the compound came from a Whirlpool plant that is within a rural area where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo (http://bit.ly/14jXB8I ) reports that Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool says that the allegations aren’t based on any scientific or medical fact.

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Information from: The Toledo Free Press.

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