Nemiroff lawsuit on misuse of company name to be heard on July 13
MOSCOW, May 22 - RAPSI. The Moscow Commercial Court will hear on July 13 the Ukrainian Nemiroff company's lawsuit against Nemiroff Vodka Rus to prevent the firm from using its name.
Nemiroff Vodka Rus' registration is unlawful and contradicts the shareholders' agreement, the decisions of various European courts on the use of the Nemiroff trademark and Russian law, the Ukrainian company told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).
Therefore, the company has opted to dispute the firm's registration in court, Nemiroff shareholder Alexander Glyus told RAPSI through his official representative.
The representative added that Glyus, who has a blocking stake (25.04 percent) in Nemiroff Vodka Ltd., was not aware of Nemiroff group's plans to grant the right to use the trademark to any outside parties. He added that the right cannot be granted without the consent of the holder of the blocking stake.
At the same time, the representative said in court on Tuesday that the "company was separated from the Nemiroff holding yesterday."
The Nemiroff group's shareholders are battling over its activities in Russia.
Glyus is in a dispute with the group's other shareholders, in particular Yakov Gribov, who owns a 20-percent stake. The conflict began after the parties failed to agree on the price and the terms of the company's acquisition by the Russian Standard holding company.
The parties are now suing each other in courts in Russia, Ukraine and Cyprus.
The Ukrainian Nemiroff vodka producer has filed several lawsuits with the Moscow Commercial Court to challenge the resolutions adopted by the Nemiroff Trade House.
RAPSI has yet to obtain comments from Glyus.
Nemiroff Holdings Ltd. comprises the Nemiroff production company, which includes three distilleries in Nemiroff, Ukraine, a management company, the Alco Invest subsidiary, offices in Russia and Poland, and Nemiroff International, with its headquarters in Budapest, Hungary.