More Legal Woes for Interdean - Ruled to Have Engaged in Unfair Competition in Czech Republic

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Interdean was recently found to have engaged in practices of unfair competition through deceptive Internet practices in the Czech Republic.

The Defendant [Interdean] uses the expression "moveone", which is associated with the suing company [Move One], on the Internet and in business relations.

Interdean NV and Interdean Holding BV ("Interdean") were recently found to have engaged in practices of unfair competition through deceptive Internet practices in the Czech Republic.

Under case number 10Cm3/2010, the Municipal Court in Prague ruled in favor of Move One s.r.o. ("Move One") on complaints that Interdean violated proper ethics of economic competition and that Interdean's practices harmed or could potentially harm Move One (http://www.moveoneinc.com) and other competitors.

Interdean (http://www.interdean.com) was found to have:

  •     registered the website http://www.moveone.cz with an automatic redirect to Interdean's corporate web site;
  •     maintained a paid sponsorship on the Google search engine which, after a search on "moveone", resulted in a top listing of "moveone interdean.com" with a redirect to Interdean's corporate web site when "moveone" was clicked;
  •     arranged for a link to Interdean's corporate web site to be in first place after a search for moveone.cz on the Yahoo! search engine

The judgment comes two years after the European Commission imposed a € 3,185,000 fine on Interdean for price fixing and bid rigging for international removal services (case number COMP/38.543), in violation of the EC Treaty's ban on cartels (Article 81). From October 1984 - September 2003, Interdean was ruled to have participated in a cartel with ten other Belgian moving companies that fixed prices, presented bogus quotes to clients and compensated each other for lost bids.

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