HOUSTON -

If you've got a front-loading washing machine that smells, you may be part of a class action lawsuit and you could have some money coming your way.

Local 2 told you last year about the suit against Whirlpool, Kenmore, LG and Bosch.   Attorneys claim the front-loading machines those companies made between 2001 and 2008 have serious design defects that cause them to accumulate mold and mildew inside.

Whirlpool tried to get the class action tossed out of court, and instead make consumers file lawsuits individually, but a judge denied that request Tuesday.

The first trial is scheduled for Oct. 7 in Ohio for some 200,000 consumers there. After that trial, the judge will decide where and when to hear from the remaining 5.3 million customers impacted.

You do not have to do anything to be part of the class action lawsuit, but if you'd like to receive updates from attorneys on developments in the case, you can sign up here.