By Timothy Cama - 07/21/14 09:21 AM EDT
Home appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. is backing a bill that would ban many class-action lawsuits against companies that incorrectly use the federal government’s Energy Star label.
The bill was introduced after a federal audit of the program operated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Energy Department found that many appliances that used the label did not deserve it, the New York Times reported. Some companies slightly changed products for testing or later switched to different materials in their appliances.
Consumer groups disagreed, saying the lawsuits can serve as a meaningful enforcement mechanism for Energy Star, which labels appliances that meet certain energy efficiency standards.
Whirlpool is facing multiple lawsuits for mislabeled Energy Star products.