A $10 million lawsuit against two Boston jewelers over the sale of an item with a price tag that the companies said was too high is expected to go to trial in June.
The lawsuit, filed in Boston federal court, alleges that the retailers were duped by the same fraudulent sellers and that the sellers misled consumers about their products and inflated prices.
The plaintiffs are Snydsers of Boston, and the attorney for Snydders, Tom Burdette, has declined to comment on the case.
The company, founded in 1887, says it has been the victim of numerous frauds in recent years.
The lawsuit alleges that when Snyda’s business partners realized that the company was using the same fake sellers for several years, they contacted Snydfsers and Snyders of Boston and warned them about the problem.
The two retailers eventually filed a lawsuit against the sellers in 2012.
In June, the judge ordered the sellers to stop using the fraudsters’ names and images and to pay the plaintiffs more than $10,000.
Burdette said he believes the case will go to jury trial and that both sides will argue about the appropriate damages.
Bristol, New Hampshire, is a suburb of Boston that is home to several companies that sell jewelry, watches and other merchandise online.
Snydhers was founded in 1897 and operates three retail stores in Bristol, the first in 1910.
It has more than 1,600 employees and about $3.5 billion in annual sales.
Bidders and buyers in Bristol have had a long history of buying and selling jewelry online.
Snydhrs sells $200 to $500 watches, and about a dozen other items on its website.
The website says its inventory includes $1,000 and $2,500 sterling sterling jewelry, including pieces with names like “The Jewel of America.”
Snyds and its partners were also involved in a similar case in New York state, where a seller called the company’s own shop, Snydn.com, and sold watches and watcheswatches with names such as “Jewel of the American People” and “Diamond of the World.”
The buyer was arrested and charged in 2013.
Biden is in a reelection campaign, and Sisyders did not immediately respond to a request for comment.