Nikon India on Tuesday informed the Karnataka High Court that it would remove the names of Flipkart and Snapdeal from its cautionary notice put up on its website, which claimed that they were not its authorised partners.
In a notice dated June 16, 2014, Nikon India had posted the following on its website, “Please note that e-commerce websites like Flipkart, Snapdeal are not our authorised partner/dealer. We advise you to check the warranty entitlements while buying from online portals.”
Challenging this, Flipkart had filed a complaint against Nikon India in the HC on August 3, seeking an order from the court restraining Nikon from publishing the statement on its website and said such advisory note was against free trade and commerce.
In an argument that followed on Tuesday, when Judge BS Patil questioned Nikon as to why only these two players and not others, the company agreed to withdraw the names of the two e-commerce players. Nikon will now issue a fresh notice, without specifically naming these two players.
Advocate GR Venkatesh Murthy who appeared on behalf of Flipkart told FE that they would act accordingly depending on what Nikon does next.
Snapdeal, which has also been mentioned in the cautionary notice, has not acted so far in this matter. However, in a similar case of issuing advisory note, it had filed a similar case against kitchen appliance maker, Kaff, last year.