UK retailer Comet has been accused by Microsoft of selling fake Windows recovery CDs.
The Windows maker claims Comet created and sold 94,000 fake Windows recovery CDs to consumers who purchased PCs and laptops running Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.
Recovery CDs allow users to reinstall Windows on their desktops or laptops when the operating system crashes. Microsoft said in its lawsuit that Comet made the fake recovery CDs at a factory in Hampshire and sold them in its outlets across the UK.
"Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom. Comet's actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products - and our customers deserve better, too," said David Finn, associate general counsel for Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft.
Comet, which has yet to respond to the lawsuit, is owned by France based Kesa Electricals. The retail has been operating under loss for the last six months, failing to compete with online retailers.
According to an article on The Telegraph, the company is reportedly in sales talks with private equity firms.