DuPont Refrigerants has settled with T.A. Fresco, a company based in the Philippines, in a case involving the packaging and sale of counterfeit, illegal DuPont Suva 134a. The case involved a 2012 investigation and undercover purchase in which DuPont revealed that T.A. Fresco was selling R134a refrigerant cylinders with incorrect spelling and markings. When the content of the cylinders was tested, it was discovered that the product contained more than 90 percent R12 refrigerant. With the assistance of U.S. Homeland Security officials, local police raided the T.A. Fresco warehouse and seized 511 cylinders falsely labeled as DuPont Suva 134a.
The negotiated settlement includes a formal public apology in a Philippines national newspaper, full compensation for the destruction of the counterfeit refrigerant and monetary compensation for the illegal distribution of the product. It also resulted in disclosure of the source of supply, reportedly a company in China for which a separate legal investigation has been opened.