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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cue disappointment: Man sues after £50,000 glass table proves too cool for pool and is ruined after first shot


High-end table: The G-1 glass-top pool table was sold by the Australian company Nottage Design for $73,000

A man's dream of owning a unique $73,000 pool table made of glass was shattered after only one game.
According to a lawsuit filed in Orange County, California, the plaintiff, identified in the filing only as Desert Beach LLC, alleges that the maker of the luxury table, Nottage Design of Australia, failed to disclose that only specially coated, custom-made balls can be used on the surface of the table.

Design specs: According to the maker's website, the table has a proprietary coating called Vitrik on top of a premium 15-milimeter glass top

Brant Martin, a Dallas attorney representing the customer, says that his client bought a G-1 glass-top table, played on it with 'a standard set of pool balls, the kind that might be found in any pool hall,' only to discover that it left the surface of the brand-new table 'scuffed, scratched, damaged- essentially destroyed.'

Special accessories: Nottage sent a warning in an envelope that clients should only use its custom-made balls compatible with the coating of the glass table rather than standard cue balls

The complaint, which seeks $219,000 in damages, states that when the Australian company shipped the table, it was accompanied by a sealed envelope containing an innocuous notice saying that the balls sent by Nottage were especially made for use with the G-1 table.

New technology: The Vitrik coating allegedly allows the balls to roll silently at a near identical rate to a standard cloth table

However, the suit cited by ABC claims that the causal nature of the letter amounted to the 'hiding' of a crucial warning.
According to Nottage's website, the G-1 table features a proprietary Vitrik coating ‘which allows the balls to roll silently at a near identical rate to a standard cloth table’ on top of a 'premium quality' 15-millimeter toughened glass top.

Notice: The client claims that it was not until his complaint that Nottage posted a warning on its site that only custom-made, specially coated cue balls must be used on the surface of the table

The description of the table goes on to say that the custom cue balls Nottage sells are coated with a special finish ‘compatible’ with Vitrik. ‘Please only use these balls,’ it advises.
Martin, however, insists that this warning was added only after his client’s table was ruined and he complained to the company.
Prior to that, the plaintiff alleges, Nottage's website left buyers with the impression they could play with regular pool balls.

Experiment: The plaintiff provided a link to a YouTube video in the suit showing how easily the table can be scuffed using a standard cue ball

Evidence: After striking a standard cue ball, the man in the video attempted to erase the scratches left on the table in the area in a circle on the left, but without success

Tell-tale sign: The clip shows how playing with a regular cue ball leaves visible scuff marks and scratches on the Vitrik coating of the table

The lawsuit claims that at the time the customer researched and negotiated his purchase, Nottage never mentioned that its glass tables could only be used with its own specially-coated balls.
The court filing also featured a link to a YouTube video made by the plaintiff and his attorney in which the two demonstrate how using standard balls leaves tell-tale scuff marks on the playing surface of the G-1 table which cannot be removed.

source: dailymail

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