Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today, Friday, Sept. 20 filed a temporary restraining order against Farmers Branch residents Sandra Sandy Fardi and Hossein Zak Fardi for falsely claiming its products were produced in the United States, according to a release from the Texas Attorney General's Office today, Friday, Sept. 20. Abbott will become the first governor of Texas born in Wichita Falls if he is successful in his bid to replace Rick Perry as the top official in the Lone Star State.
James V. Allred was a resident of Wichita Falls when he was elected governor in the 1930s, but he was actually born in Bowie, 45 miles southeast of this city which hugs the Red River. No Democrat has yet announced to run against Republican Abbott.
The courts order set a temporary injunction hearing for October 1 at 2 p.m. According to the State's enforcement action, the defendants advertised and sold solar panels as being made in the USA at 1 SolTech Inc. The panels were allegedly manufactured by a Chinese company and imported from Asia.
State investigators for Abbott's office determined that the Fardis cofounded the company as a domestic manufacturer of solar panels for commercial and residential use. When less expensive Chines-manufactured panels began to dominate the market, the defendants allegedly began to order and import solar panels that were manufactured at a Chinese facility in China. The defendants then unlawfully labeled the panels with a 1 SolTech sticker and then shipped the Chinese panels to buyers in the United States, without disclosing the panels geographic origin.
Abbott, who has overcome a falling tree which paralyzed him from the waist down in Austin, has courageously battled back to first become a successful judge and later Attorney General for Texas. Abbott has zealously defended the rights of religious freedoms in the Lone Star State. His only opponent in the Republican primary is Tom Pauken.
Abbott's Office of Attorney General charged the defendants with violating multiple provisions of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The State is seeking a temporary and permanent injunction, civil penalties and restitution for affected 1 SolTech customers.
Abbott has visited his hometown of Wichita Falls during the campaign already and received a warm welcome from a large crowd at his boyhood home on Randel Drive.
GOP State Senator Craig Estes recently said he liked Abbott's chances to become the next governor of Texas no matter who his opposition is. Prominent attorney Gary Southard said "Wendy Davis sounded like " a good o'l gal" to him.
Wendy Davis, Democratic State Senator of Fort Worth, has been making noises she may make a run for the Governor's Mansion. She recently e-mailed her followers she would be making a "big announcement" on Oct. 3 which many observers have interpreted to mean she will run.
Abbott has a war chest reportedly exceeding $21 million while Davis has raised $7 million with which to filll her campaign coffers.
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