PHILADELPHIA – Two Philadelphia men are seeking damages after a fire allegedly caused by an appliance damaged their properties.

Zion Bakshi and Frank Garramone filed a complaint on Aug. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai, and Hong Kong Gree Electric Appliances Sales LTD, and Gree USA Inc. and MJC America LTD alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, a fire broke out a Rodman Street, Philadelphia property on April 26 that damaged the plaintiffs' adjacent properties. The plaintiffs allege the fire was caused by a dehumidifier manufactured by the defendants.

The plaintiffs hold Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai, and Hong Kong Gree Electric Appliances Sales LTD, and Gree USA Inc. and MJC America LTD responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to design and manufacture the dehumidifiers in compliance with Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) requirements.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant in an amount that exceeds $141,619.91 plus court costs, punitive damages, and any further relief this court grants. Bakshi demands $85,171.24 and plaintiff Garramone demands $56,448.49. They are represented by Joseph L. McGlynn of de Luca Levine LLC in Blue Bell.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-03837-JD

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