Digital cameras are an extremely valuable asset for companies like Sony and Apple, because they help make the cameras in their products.
But what happens if the companies you’re working for get bought out by someone else?
There’s a whole bunch of legal ramifications for companies that sell digital cameras to third parties.
And in the case of Sony, the company that owns the digital cameras has been sued by a disgruntled former employee.
In a class-action lawsuit filed last year, the former employee alleges that Sony has been selling the digital camera business to a third-party since at least 2013, when it bought the camera business of its former employee, Keston Kesten.
(Sony didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.)
According to the suit, Sony has failed to disclose all the ways in which it is breaching the Sherman Act and has engaged in a pattern of conduct that violates the law.
Sony has also violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the law that requires companies to treat debt collectors fairly.
The class-actions suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that the Sony cameras were sold without permission by an unnamed former employee who worked in the digital photography division in 2015.
The lawsuit alleges that there was a pattern in the sales of the Sony camera business that included “fraudulent representations that its digital camera line was in production, that the cameras were in full production, and that the digital imaging business was thriving.”
The suit says that this person also told another employee at Sony that the company was “losing ground in the consumer camera market.”
“Sony is responsible for failing to ensure that its products are being produced and sold in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations,” the suit states.
According to court documents, the person who filed the lawsuit, Mark Haus, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, which regulates unions, alleging that Sony had engaged in “false and deceptive acts” in relation to the sale of the digital products.
The NRLB did not immediately respond when asked to comment on the lawsuit.
Sony’s response to the lawsuit was to file a counterclaim, saying that the former Sony employee who filed it was an employee of Sony’s parent company, Sony Corporation.
In the lawsuit filed against Sony, it alleges that this employee “instructed another employee of the sale to another individual, who subsequently sold the company’s digital camera division to a non-employee person.”
This person is named as “John Doe,” and according to court filings, he sold the camera division in 2016 to another unnamed former Sony Employee.
This person “then sold the business to another employee, who sold the cameras to another non-work related person,” the complaint states.
This employee then “included the Sony Camera Products in the same sales to another work related person, who in turn sold the Sony Products to a work related individual, and in so doing, sold the entire business to the non-working individual.”
The lawsuit says that the third person in the chain is named “John II,” and that he sold his stake in the Sony Digital Imaging business to an unnamed third person.
According the lawsuit: John II then sold the remaining Sony Digital Cameras to a person who then sold them to another person, and to another former employee of his former employer, John Doe, who then bought them back from the former individual.
This is the exact same process that has been described in the court documents as the “selling and selling and selling” of the business.
John II was also responsible for the selling of the cameras, according to the complaint, and the complaint alleges that he then “sold the remaining products and the remaining business to non-Sony employees of Sony Corporation.”
The Nrlb has been asked to respond to the claims in the suit.
The suit does not name any individuals by name, but according to a CNN report, this is because the allegations in the lawsuit are “against multiple people.”