Delhi court declines to restrain CPRL from using McDonald’s brand name

Meenakshi Verma Ambwani New Delhi | Updated on January 11, 2018

The Delhi High Court today declined to pass an interim order restraining Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd (CPRL), a McDonald’s franchisee, from selling products under the name of the US fastfood chain.

The court was hearing a petition filed by McDonald’s India seeking an injunction, to restrain CPRL from using McDonald’s trademark and intellectual property.

This statement came after the Delhi High Court on Thursday granted permission to a representative of McDonald’s India to collect samples of packaging material and food products from some of the restaurants being run by CPRL.

McDonald’s estranged Indian partner Vikram Bakshi said that all packaging material and food products sold at restaurants being run by CPRL are compliant with the laws that govern the restaurant industry.

CPRL is a 50: 50 joint venture between McDonald’s India and Bakshi and the two partners have been embroiled in a legal tussle. Reacting to the development, Bakshi said in a statement, “Our products and the packaging material is available to any customer across the counter. So where was the need to go to the Delhi High Court to get this packaging material? In fact, the counsel for CPRL, Akhil Sibal, pointed out to the court, that such duly packaged product is available to customers on buying a product.”

He said that all the food products are being supplied by food processing companies, which are HACCP-certified, FSSAI registered, and are compliant with every law that applies to their industry and adhere to the best quality/industry standards.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s India said: “The suit to enforce the termination of our franchise agreements with CPRL is sub-judice before the Delhi High Court. We have no additional comments to share outside of the court.”

Published on January 11, 2018

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