Friday, September 28, 2012
Dallas attorney represents man very mad about balls
Pool balls, that is.
A word of advice for anyone with a ludicrous amount of money to spend on novelty parlor game items: Read the finest of fine prints.
ABC’s Good Morning America has a story about a complaint filed in Orange Country, CA against Nottage Design, an Australian company that specializes in fancy pool tables, game room equipment, and furniture. Someone bought one of these glass pool tables but allegedly wasn’t informed of one tiny – I mean, extremely important detail: If you play pool with regular, run-of-the-mill pool balls instead of specially made and coated pool balls, you’ll scratch the glass.
The buyer has enlisted the help of Dallas attorney Brant Martin to sue Nottage Design for $219,000 in damages.
To quote the GMA story:
The suit says shipping materials that accompanied the table included a sealed envelope with an inconspicuous notation saying that the balls shipped by Nottage were specially made for use with the table — but that this amounted to the “hiding” of so material a warning.
Nottage’s website describes the table’s glass surface as protected by Vitrik, a proprietary coating “which allows the balls to roll silently at a near identical rate to a standard cloth table… It’s highly durable, completely non-toxic and is transparent.” The site says the custom balls it sells are coated with a special finish “compatible” with Vitrik. “Please only use these balls,” it advises.
The suit claims that at the time the buyer researched and negotiated his purchase, Nottage never once mentioned that its tables could only be used with its own specially-coated balls.
My question: Why weren’t the pool balls included with the purchase in the fist place? If electronics can include batteries, why can’t a pool table include balls? Would it break the bank to include them in the paltry $73,000 price tag?
GMA also got the opinion of a billiards store owner who had seen and used the table in question at a trade event, and he didn’t seem impressed. “I wasn’t thrilled with the action or the balls,” he said, which could just have easily been a review for Fifty Shades of Grey.