Woman blames Gree Electric Appliances for air conditioner fire

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A city resident is suing Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai and three affiliates, citing alleged breach of implied warranty and strict product liability.

Karen Green filed a complaint June 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Gree Electric Appliances, Hong Kong Gree Electric Appliances Sales Ltd., Gree USA Inc. and Soleus International Inc., alleging that the defendants breached their duty to consumers to design, manufacture, produce, test, inspect, market, distribute and sell safe-for-use electric window air conditioners.

According to the complaint, a fire that occurred at Green's property on Aug. 11, 2017 allegedly originated within, a Gree electric window air conditioner, which was in use at the tome of the fire. The plaintiff claims the catastrophic failure of the electric window air conditioner caused it to burst into flames. 

As a result, Green claims she suffered damage to her real and personal property, as well as the imposition of additional expenses and hardship. 

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants failed to adequately and sufficiently warn consumers and users of the uniform defects in their electric window air conditioners.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks a judgment in the amount of $114,305.13, plus interest, costs of the suit, delay damages and other relief as the court deems appropriate. She is represented by Joseph McGlynn of de Luca Levine LLC in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-02429-JHS

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