A tiny competitor of Collins & Aikman, a unit of Wickes Cos., has filed suit against the large carpet maker, alleging that it "fraudulently falsified and misrepresented" test results submitted to Florida customers and attempted to win a monopoly by telling clients that the plaintiff's products were inferior.
The suit, filed Wednesday by Ball-Nicklaus Carpet Industries in state court in Pinellas County, Fla., is the second to be lodged against Collins & Aikman since it was disclosed April 15 that544499813fire and smoke codes.
Two weeks ago, a former dealer of Collins & Aikman carpeting filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia alleging breaches of warranty and violation by Collins & Aikman of federal and state laws.
Officials at Santa Monica-based Wickes said they had not seen the new complaint and therefore had no comment. The company has said it plans to "vigorously defend" against the Philadelphia suit.