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William-Sonoma Inc. ordered to pay over $3 million in civil penalthy

Williams-Sonoma was ordered to pay more than $3 million in civil penalties after falsely claiming its products were made in the United States when they were actually made in China.

“Williams-Sonoma claimed its products were made in the United States when they were made in China,” said FTC Chairwoman Lina M. Khan. “Williams-Sonoma’s deception misled consumers and harmed honest American businesses.”

The Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced in a press release Friday that the high-end kitchen store had agreed to a settlement of $3,175,387.

“Today’s record civil penalty makes it clear that companies that commit Made in USA fraud will not get a pass,” Khan said.

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Night view of the facade of the Williams Sonoma store in San Ramon, California, November 21, 2019. Many stores expect increased traffic during the busy Black Friday shopping period. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images / Getty Images)

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The Department of Justice and the FTC alleged that William-Sonoma Inc., the parent company that owns Williams-Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, PBTeen, West Elm and Rejuvenation, violated the terms of ‘a 2020 FTC order requiring the retailer to tell the truth about whether the products it sells are made in the United States.

In addition to paying the fine, the company had to admit the truth about its alleged lies about how its product was made.

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The order also required William-Sonoma Inc. to maintain records of the manufacturing of the product for future reporting to government agencies.

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Close-up of the sign for the high-end kitchen equipment store Williams Sonoma in San Ramon, California on March 12, 2019. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images / Getty Images)

The latest violation came after the FTC sued William-Sonoma in 2020.

The FTC said William-Sonoma Inc. advertised several product lines as being entirely or almost entirely made in the United States under its Goldtouch, Rejuvenation, Pottery Barn Teen and Pottery Barn Kids brands.

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Williams-Sonoma Inc. did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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