The battle between two makers of molded shoes is getting ugly as a competitor to Niwot-based Crocs (Nasdaq: CROX) is alleging corporate sabotage. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada on Thursday, named Crocs and three of its employees as defendants, The Daily Camera reports.
Nevada-based Dawgs has filed suit, claiming a Crocs employee — a recent transfer from discount e-commerce platform Zulily — accessed a private account and convinced Zulily to remove products from a planned sale of Dawgs’ footwear, costing tens of thousands of dollars and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Crocs provided a statement in response to inquiries: “This recent complaint filed by USA Dawgs is another in a history of frivolous claims,” it read. “We are confident that this most recent complaint will be disposed of in a manner similar to the previous merit less claims filed by USA Dawgs.”
Dawgs alleges in the suit that on Nov. 8, 2016, Crocs’ Seattle-based key account manager Kim Lawrie emailed Zulily about a planned Dawgs sale, seeking to remove products that were “Crocs knock offs.” In that exchange, the complaint claims, Lawrie wrote in a subsequent email to Zulily, “I can actually get into their event,” implying that she had access to Dawgs’ private account.
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