Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Panels, Securities and Exchange Commission SEC public report documents history of improper practices at Federal Pacific Electric
FPE FRAUD Stab-Lok® SEC REPORT - CONTENTS: Photocopies of Securities & Exchange Commission documenting history of deceptive practices by FPE, the
Federal Pacific Electric Company - manufacturer of the FPE Stab-Lok® Electrical Panels and Circuit Breakers
Records Document History of Deceptive Practices in Obtaining UL Listings for Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok® panels and circuit breakers
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This article describes and provides copies of public records documenting a history of fraud and improper practices involving Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok® circuit breakers & electrical panels. .
Replacement FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers are unlikely to reduce the failure risk of this equipment. We recommend that residential FPE Stab-Lok® electrical panels be replaced entirely or the entire panel bus assembly be replaced, regardless of FPE model number or FPE year of manufacture. We do not sell circuit breakers nor any other products.
Public Records from 1982 Document a History of Deceptive Practices in Obtaining UL Listings for Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok® panels and circuit breakers
The following pages comprise the Reliance Electric Company SEC Quarterly Report for March 31, 1982.
Comments pertinent to Federal Pacific Electric Company, Stab-Lok® circuit breakers and FPE equipment, and reports of a long history of
deceptive practices used to obtain UL listings of FPE equipment are documented:
See Note C to the report starting at file Image126.gif - page 5
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Note: as we didn't add this reviewers list until 2007, this list of technical reviewers is incomplete; we have received comments and suggestions regarding this topic, edits and remarks included, from engineers and management from the US CPSC, electricians (many listed at our page on field reports of FPE failures), home inspectors, licensed electricians, and electrical engineers, and even a few attorneys and real estate agents, since 1986. Technical review, critique, content suggestions, questions, or clarifications are invited and where a contributor wishes, credit and links will be provided to that source. Contact us to provide feedback.
Dr. Jess Aronstein, electrical engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY, forensic engineering services, independent laboratory testing for various agencies firstname.lastname@example.org (independent electrical panel testing, including FPE Stab-Lok® panels, to April 2010)
David Carrier, electrical engineer, 53 Henmond Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-430-7527 email@example.com (independent electrical panel testing, including FPE Stab-Lok® panels, beginning 2010)
Alan Carson, Carson Dunlop, Associates, Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Carson is a home inspection professional, educator, researcher, writer, and a principal of Carson Dunlop Associates, a Toronto home inspection and education firm. Mr. Carson is a past president of ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors
Carl Grasso, Esq., Herzfeld & Rubin, New York, NY. Mr. Grasso is an attorney who managed a plaintiff's class action litigation against Federal Pacific Electric in New Jersey.
William King, US CPSC Director of Electrical Engineering (Ret).
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1982 Reliance Electric Co. SEC Quarterly Report: Note C. reports litigation between Reliance and UV Liquidating Trust and contends that "... improper and deceptive practices were employed for many years to secure UL listings for Federal Pacific's circuit protective products..."
1980 Reliance Electric Co. Press Release:improper practices improper practices used to obtain UL Listing for most of FPE's circuit breakers and notes testing which indicates "possible defects." 1980, Reliance Electric Co.
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