Derek chauvin is suing the maker of Zoom, claiming it misled him about its effectiveness.
The company had a “brazen plan” to take over his business, said the suit filed in New Jersey Superior Court.
“They knew that I was going to lose, they knew that it was going down the drain, and they did nothing to prevent it,” the 42-year-old lawyer from Los Angeles told CBS Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV.
He said he lost more than $9.4 million because Zoom did not properly warn him about the risks of using the camera phone.
“I was a little surprised when they made it clear, that they were going to take it over,” he said.
“It was a very aggressive and unethical way to take my business.”
Zoom has denied any wrongdoing.
The case is part of a larger legal battle that has been brewing in the United States.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case in the next couple of weeks, and the U.K. Court of Appeal for the Supreme Court will hear it in September.
Zoom was the first camera phone company to become an instant seller on the Internet, and now sells phones in more than 180 countries.
“Zoom is a very well-known brand that is known for quality and reliability,” said Matt McAdam, a spokesman for Zoom.
“We are confident that we will prevail in the courts and will be able to show the company is not responsible for any injuries or damages caused by Zoom’s use of the Zoom camera phone.”
The Zoom lawsuit was brought on behalf of the U,K.-based company by two people who say they were injured by Zoom.
A spokesman for the Zoom company told CBS News that the lawsuit was not related to the company’s product and that Zoom did provide information to consumers about its safety features.