Container Centralen wins Danish trolley court case

A court in the Hague has rejected Dutch company KG van Vliet Handelsmij's lawsuit, which claimed Danish company Container Centralen's fees are too high.

In a legal procedure at the court, all charges were either rejected or dismissed.

Container Centralen hires out returnable transport items, including transport unit for pot plants the CC Container.

KG van Vliet has been a Container Centralen customer for many years, and has many CC Containers under contract with Container Centralen. At the end of July, KG van Vliet filed a lawsuit against Container Centralen.

KG van Vliet claimed that Container Centralen does not sufficiently protect its system against illegal container copies of an inferior quality, and that Container Centralen has increased its fees to cover the costs for repair and maintenance of these containers.

Container Centralen chief financial officer Urban Folcker said: "For the past few years, we have adjusted the price annually, corresponding to general price index increases. But the pool fee in 2009 is still more than 3% less than it was in 1991. I think this is pretty unusual for any company."

Container Centralen managing director Tonny Gravesen added: "We are aware that there are companies in the market that copy our identification marks to enter our system illegally. This is why we will change the identification marks of all CC Containers again in 2010. This time, the new tag will have built-in radio-frequency identification, which is impossible to copy, according to our supplier. This will make it much easier to detect and reject illegal copies for all users."

Gravesen added: "Within the past two months, we have won two court cases against offenders who infringed our intellectual property rights by copying our CC Container identification marks. These cases had been ongoing for years, but at least it is nice to know that justice is done in the end."

On the court case, Gravesen said: "We, of course, regret that one of our long-time customers disagrees with us on some issues. However, we are happy that this issue was settled so quickly and that all charges were rejected or dismissed at the procedure. We are now looking forward to continuing to work together."


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