Nemiroff's lawsuit over brand name dismissed
MOSCOW, August 9 - RAPSI. The Moscow Commercial Court has dismissed the lawsuit by Ukrainian Vodka company Nemiroff to make Nemiroff Vodka Rus stop using a brand name, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com)
Nemiroff first submitted two lawsuits, but the commercial court consolidated them into a single case in June.
The Ukrainian company told RAPSI that Nemiroff Vodka Rus' registration is unlawful and contradicts the shareholders' agreement, European court decisions on the use of the Nemiroff trademark and Russian law.
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 the 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.
The representative said earlier in court that the "company was separate from the Nemiroff holding."
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. Nemiroff 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, who have their headquarters in Budapest, Hungary.