Competitors are not always scrupulous when seeking to obtain a commercial advantage. Sometimes the temptation to bend the truth is too great and false statements about your products or services are published that breach the laws of defamation and/or malicious falsehood.
Using our specialist expertise in these areas, our team can act fast to minimise the impact of any such allegations on your reputation.
Armed with the threat of legal proceedings, our team will work with you to achieve your objectives, including obtaining an appropriate retraction and apology, removing the offending materials, and securing financial redress.
In addition, competitors may put out marketing materials which use your trade marks without your permission in an attempt to damage your reputation, or compare you unfairly to their own products and services. Using your intellectual property rights, we can stop the publication of such materials.
We were contacted by the Chief Executive and General Counsel of a client FTSE 100 company. A competitor had published an article on its website alleging that our client was exiting from one of its core markets, and that part of our client’s business had financial issues. The competitor had also sent a link to the article to a large number of our client’s existing and potential customers. The competitor’s motive was obvious: to create speculation around our client’s business strategy, to divert business away from it, and to undermine our client’s financial stability.
The allegations were totally untrue and likely to cause our client serious financial harm. Within a few hours of being instructed we had formed a robust strategy which involved using the laws of defamation and malicious falsehood to threaten proceedings.
We were able to secure the removal of the article from the competitor’s website, the publication of an apology and retraction to all recipients of the original article and the payment of our client’s costs.
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