Macs air conditioner manufacturer Superior Air Conditioning filed a lawsuit on Friday against a Florida contractor, alleging that he intentionally sold defective machines that he said he would never have sold in the first place.
The suit also names the Florida company that hired the contractor, Superior AirConditioning Inc. “The company knew of the fraudulent nature of the sales and the fraudulent intent of the defendant to induce the buyer to purchase a fraudulent product,” Superior said in the suit filed in Seminole County Circuit Court.
The lawsuit says the company was not aware that Superior was in possession of the defective machines until after it purchased the defective equipment.
Superior is seeking unspecified damages.
Superior also accuses the Florida-based company of misleading customers by falsely claiming that it would never sell the faulty air conditionings it sold, and that the firm was “forced to pay millions of dollars in restitution.”
The company’s attorney, Mike Pomeranz, said in a statement that the lawsuit is without merit.
“Defendants have made false claims about the quality and safety of the products they sold,” he said.
“While this case is without precedent, it is not surprising that it has resulted in the legal action being brought.
Superior has been aggressively working with the Florida Attorney General’s office to ensure that all violations of consumer rights are held accountable and to make sure that Florida consumers have access to quality air conditioning.”
Superior is also seeking unspecified financial damages from the company.
The company said it has been in the process of removing some of the counterfeit machines from its shelves, and is also in the midst of working with authorities to prevent future sales.
Superior AirCondom, a company based in Lakeland, Florida, said last week that it had taken action to remove all counterfeit devices from its website.
“Our efforts to stop this fraudulent activity are ongoing, and we are working with state authorities to pursue appropriate charges against this company,” said John A. Hensley, a spokesman for the company, in a written statement.
“We are cooperating fully with all relevant authorities in the investigation.”