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P.M. BRIEFING : Maytag Refunds on Microwaves

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Up to 50,000 people who bought microwave ovens thinking they were new when they weren’t can get refunds from Maytag Corp.

U.S. District Judge Robert B. Propst gave initial approval to the Maytag offer but set an Oct. 19 hearing to allow any objections from the buyers of the Magic Chef ovens.

Since 1987, Maytag’s Anniston plant has repackaged or reconditioned ovens that customers had returned. The company then sold the ovens as new for $80 to $160.

In the agreement, Maytag, parent company of Magic Chef, denied any liability but agreed to halt the practice and to offer refunds of $35 to people who bought the ovens, primarily through Wal-Mart stores. The refunds would be cash payments of $25 and a $10 certificate toward the purchase of a Magic Chef product.

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