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Reckitt Benckiser's South Korea Business Changes Corporate Structure To Escape Liability Over Toxic Humidifier Disinfectant

April 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser changed its corporate structure in South Korea from corporation to limited liability company in December 2011, reportedly to escape legal liability for the deaths caused by its humidifier disinfectant Oxy Ssak Ssak. Under local laws, criminal charges can be dismissed if an accused corporation no longer exists. According to the government, the allegedly toxic product caused the death of at least 92 users. Reckitt Benckiser acquired the local company Oxy from Oriental Chemical Industries Group in 2001.
Lee Hyun-jeong, "Toxic disinfectant-maker switched company status: reports", The Korea Herald, April 13, 2016, © Herald Corporation
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