On Oct. 29, the Department of Justice announced a $91 million resolution to a Chinese appliance manufacturer’s criminal charges regarding the company’s failure to notify the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission of millions of faulty and potentially flammable dehumidifiers it sold to U.S. consumers.
Gree Electric Appliances Inc. is a global appliance manufacturer headquartered in Zhuhai, China. Gree Zhuhai and Hong Kong Gree Electric Appliances Sales Co. Ltd., known as Gree Hong Kong, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in connection with a criminal information filed Oct. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The criminal information filed charges the companies with one felony count under the CPSA of willfully failing to report consumer product safety information to the CPSC.
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