In early 2014, Neal Marder was quoted in an article relating to a $150 million suit over fire-prone dehumidifiers. Soleus International Inc., represented by a legal team that included Marder, sued Gree Electric Appliances Inc. over dehumidifiers that Soleus and Gree were selling together in the United States via a joint venture. Allegations made in the case accused Gree of a number of instances of misbehavior, which included pressuring Soleus to mask complaints and attempting to harm Soleus’ business after it brought concerns about overheating to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which recalled the dehumidifiers in 2013.
Gree moved to have the case dismissed, claiming it had no merit, but a federal judge in California granted Gree’s motion on only one of five claims made by Soleus, paving the way for the case to proceed on the other four claims. In response, Neal Marder said that “the court got it right in overruling virtually all aspects of the motion” and expressed his client’s intention to proceed to a jury trial.