DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Benefits for about 3,000 Maytag Corp. retirees can be changed by Whirlpool in an effort to bring them in line with current employees, according to a federal judge’s ruling.

Whirlpool Corp. purchased the Newton, Iowa-based company in 2006 and sought to end medical benefits Maytag retirees claimed they were owed under a previous collective bargaining agreement.

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