GALVESTON - An insurance company has filed suit against Whirlpool Corp. on behalf of a Santa Fe couple who alleges their washing machine leaked water into their home last year.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. says Trent and Laura Lyons's two-year-old Whirlpool washer was designed and manufactured negligently by the defendant.

The suit was filed April 29 in Galveston County District Court.

The Lyons had a water leak in their home on May 30, 2009, and pinpointed the source in their washing machine, according to the original complaint.

"Upon expert inspection of the washing machine, the leak was determined to be caused by a split in the corrugations of the drain hose of the unit," the suit says. "The root cause of the leak was determined to be a manufacturing defect."

The Lyons say their home was damaged and had to be repaired.

Attorney Amy C. Wright of Irving is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner is presiding over the case.

Case No. 10-cv-1162

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