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COURT ORDERS CIVIL CONTEMPT SANCTIONS AGAINST D-M SALES CORP. AND RAYMOND MIZRAHI

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York imposed civil contempt sanctions of $100 per day and attorneys fees against D-M Sales Corporation and its president, Raymond Mizrahi.

CPSC investigated D-M's distribution of extension cords that poses shock and fire hazards. D-M agreed to work voluntarily with CPSC on a recall of the dangerous products. But D-M refused to provide information that would allow the agency to determine whether the recall had in fact been conducted. CPSC therefore subpoenaed the information and went to court when D-M refused to comply with the subpoena.

D-M then ignored the Court's March 17, 1995 order to comply, which led to the contempt sanctions. The Court found "clear and convincing proof of (D-M's] noncompliance with the March 17, 1995 Order."

CPSC Chairman Ann Brown said, "We prefer to work voluntarily with companies to protect consumers from hazardous products. But when companies do not cooperate with CPSC, we will take any and all necessary action to carry out our safety mission."

The Court-imposed sanctions of $100 per day and attorneys fees will continue until D-M provides the information subpoenaed by the Commission,

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at 800-638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at 800-638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call 301-504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information via Internet gopher services at cpsc.gov or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.
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/CONTACT: Eric Rubel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 301-504-0980, ext. 2299/

CO: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; D-M Sales Corporation ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: EXE

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