In a lawsuit filed this week, separation science firm Phenomenex accused Thermo Fisher Scientific of false advertising in an e-mail that compared each company's liquid chromatography columns.

The suit was filed in US District Court, Central District of California.

In its complaint, Phenomenex, based in Torrance, Calif. alleges that a Thermo Fisher manager for LC and LC-MS columns sent an e-mail on or about Oct. 17 to that firm's distributors. The e-mail contained false and misleading claims about Phenomenex's Kinetex LC columns, Phenomenex alleges.

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