Agency fines China's DaVinci Furniture $211,000 over claims of deception
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, December 28, 2011
SHANGHAI, China — A government agency has fined retailer DaVinci Furniture here about 1.33 million yuan, or just over $211,000, after allegations surfaced that it deceived customers about where product was made, according to the China Daily.
The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau imposed the fine and notified the company the furniture will be confiscated, according to an English language version of the story on the paper's website.
The retailer responded by saying it will file a lawsuit against the agency, China English language news source Eastday.com reported.
The retailer had been accused of selling expensive case goods that customers were allegedly told was made in Italy. However, an investigation into the origin of the products determined they were made in China. The company said in a statement to Eastday.com that it did not lie about where the products were produced.
Eastday.com also reported that the government officials determined that furniture DaVinci sold under the Cappelletti brand name failed a quality test and that labels failed to tell customers exactly what materials were used in various pieces.