Minnesota-based 3M has filed a lawsuit in opposition to an Ontario firm that allegedly claimed a phoney affiliation with the U.S. medical-gear maker to promote hard-to-find N95 face masks at exorbitant costs.
The lawsuit, filed in Ontario Superior Court docket, alleges that Caonic Methods Inc. arrange an internet area on the e-commerce platform Shopify and used it to promote masks that it claimed had been made by 3M in Singapore and the UK.
It additional alleges that the corporate continued to market the masks on completely different Shopify-based websites after 3M complained, with an asking worth of $17 apiece — 5 instances the instructed retail worth.
3M, which was on the centre of a short-lived dispute with the White Home over its long-standing export agreements with Canada and Mexico for private protecting gear, has been aggressively cracking down on price-gouging through the COVID-19 pandemic ever since.
The corporate has already launched comparable authorized motion in a number of U.S. states accusing resellers of making an attempt to capitalize on the scarcity of apparatus, however the lawsuit introduced Tuesday is the primary time the hassle has crossed into Canada.
U.S. President Donald Trump known as out 3M two weeks in the past for exporting its N95 masks outdoors the nation, however the U.S. Federal Emergency Administration Company has since carved out exemptions for Canada and Mexico to make sure the exports can proceed.