3M files lawsuit against company selling N95 masks in New York City for 500% above listed price

Close-up of N95 respirator mask during an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus, San Francisco, California, March 30, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

3M has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey-based company, alleging that the company attempted to sell N95 respirator masks for overpriced rates amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to 3M, Performance Supply, LLC offered to sell $45 million in N95 respirators to New York City officials at prices 500 to 600 percent higher than listed prices.

3M says the company also falsely claimed to have a business affiliation with 3M.

Now, the Minnesota-based mask maker is seeking an injunction against Performance Supply to prevent any further sales while seeking damages.

3M promises to donate any damages won through the lawsuit to COVID-19 relief funds.

“3M does not – and will not – tolerate price gouging, fraud, deception, or other activities that unlawfully exploit the demand for critical 3M products during a pandemic,” wrote 3M’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Denise Rutherford in a statement.

Rutherford also promised to continue to seek out and take action against others engaged in price gouging.