Savant File Legal Complaint Against Crestron
Savant Systems, an Apple-based home automation and control system has file a complaint against Crestron, also an residential and commercial building automation and control systems manufacturer, in a Massachusetts District Court. The complaint file by Savant claimed that Crestron has unlawfully sought to exclude Savant from the network of dealers who can purchase programmable controllers for residential and commercial automation.
The complaint alleged that Crestron's conduct has included entering into exclusionary agreements with dealers which preclude them from offering Savant's products, as well as threatening or financially disincentivizing dealers who offer or express an interest in offering Savant products.
"We believe that Crestron's conduct has grown progressively worse. Savant is left with no option but to seek legal relief to protect Savant, its dealers as well as end users who should enjoy the full range of choices among competitive product offerings in the market," Robert Madonna, Savant's Chief Executive Officer.
Savant said that Crestron conduct is calculated to restrain competition from Savant by precluding its access to the dealer network and to protect Crestron's monopoly position in the market. The complaint also alleged that Crestron has repeatedly published knowingly false statements about Savant and its products.