Whirlpool in trade fight with Samsung, LG over washers

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New York - Whirlpool is renewing allegations that its South Korean rivals illegally undercut prices on washing machines, setting up a trade fight that could be settled by the Trump administration.

The American appliance giant on Wednesday filed a petition with the US International Trade Commission against Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. The so-called safeguard petition is meant to provide help to domestic manufacturers hurt by importers selling products at excessively low prices.

“This filing addresses unprecedented behaviour by two serial violators of US trade laws,” Whirlpool Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fettig said in a statement.

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