OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed a lawsuit against A&K Distributors for failing to deliver an order of ventilators to the Oklahoma State Department of Health at the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In the lawsuit, the state claims the Oklahoma State Department of Health paid over $890,000 for 40 ventilators last April. The company had only delivered two ventilators by June 2020.
Despite canceling the order in October, the company had 21 ventilators delivered in December. The Oklahoma State Department of Health returned the wrongfully delivered ventilators but has not received a refund.
Attorney General Hunter said legal action is needed when companies do not uphold their end of contracts with the government.
“We tried actions out of court to get the state’s money back,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Unfortunately, A&K Distributors has left us no option. It is unlawful for any company to behave this way. It shouldn’t take the state pulling the order and threatening a lawsuit to get our products. The state canceled the order, and we want our money back, period. That is how business transactions work.”