Pet ID tag company PetHub has filed suit against tracking technology startup Pebblebee, alleging that its business partner didn’t live up to the terms of their agreement to develop pet tracking tags and a companion smartphone app for sale under the PetHub brand.
PetHub’s suit, filed March 15 in King County Superior Court in Seattle, also alleges that Pebblebee marketed a competing product in violation of their deal. PetHub is alleging breach of contract and other claims, seeking unspecified financial damages to be proven at trial.
Pebblebee CEO Daniel Daoura told GeekWire today that his company is in the process of filing a response substantially denying the claims in the suit, and it’s also filing a counterclaim for breach of contract. Daoura declined to comment further on the pending litigation.
Both companies are based in Bellevue, Wash. According to the suit, the dispute dates back to July 2014, when PetHub announced the PetHub Signal electronic ID tag after signing a deal with Pebblebee to develop the tags. PetHub founder and CEO Tom Arnold declined to comment.
In the lawsuit, PetHub alleges that the tracking tag’s battery drained after two weeks, rather than the promised one year. The suit also claims that the software on the tag didn’t work properly, and the promised smartphone application wasn’t developed according to the requirements of the contract.