QUEENS — This rival vape store is making an attempt to make its competitor go up in smoke.
The proprietor of an Astoria e-cig retailer is suing a competitor for waging “a steady marketing campaign to intrude” together with his enterprise by fraudulently racking up costs on his firm bank card, making an attempt to bribe distributors into divulging details about his operation, and even tearing down ads for his store to exchange them with advertisements for the rival retailer, a brand new lawsuit says.
Spiro Dogaris, the proprietor of Metropolis Vape at 29-20 twenty third Ave., filed the go well with in a Queens Supreme Courtroom Wednesday towards Vape Kingz, one other e-cigarette store within the neighborhood at 36-20 thirtieth Ave.
Dogaris claims that in August, Vape Kingz worker Daniel Fagadar impersonated him whereas on the telephone with an e-liquid producer that reached out, pretending to be the Metropolis Vape proprietor whereas putting an order for $5,000 value of vape liquids on Dogaris’s firm bank card, in accordance with the go well with.
When Dogaris observed the cost, he contacted the producer to dispute the acquisition, later listening to a recording of the telephone name between Fagadar and the seller and figuring out his rival because the one who fraudulently made the order.
On different events, representatives of Vape Kingz contacted different e-cig distributors and tried to bribe them into releasing “confidential info” about Dogaris’s enterprise practices, the lawsuit alleges, with out offering further particulars.
The go well with additionally claims the rival store would ship employees to take away Metropolis Vape ads from public locations and exchange them with advertisements for Vape Kingz.
The lawsuit seeks a restraining order towards Vape Kingz and a minimum of $5,000 in damages.
An worker at Vape Kingz who didn’t present his identify declined to touch upon the case, saying the shop had but to be notified of the go well with.
Throughout a quick telephone dialog, Fagadar claimed that he was additionally unaware of the go well with. He stated he doesn’t presently work for Vape Kingz and denied impersonating Dogaris or putting orders on his behalf.
“I didn’t order something,” he stated.
Fagadar stated that he and Dogaris was…