The Karnataka High Court yesterday suggested that withdrawing the names of e-commerce portals Flipkart and Snapdeal from a caution notice issued by Japanese camera-maker Nikon was a better option to settle the matter than a legal fight. Also Read - iPhone 11, iPhone XR up for grab with massive discount on Flipkart Big Saving Days saleAlso Read - Flipkart Big Saving Days sale begins: Pixel 4a, Realme X7, Samsung Galaxy F62, more on discount
Justice B S Patil made the observation intervening during the submission made by the counsel for Nikon India during the hearing of petitions by Flipkart and Snapdeal. “The defense is ready to withdraw the names of Flipkart and Snapdeal from the advisory, in that case it is a better option to settle matter without a prolonged legal fight,” he said. Also Read - Flipkart Big Saving Days smartphone deals: Pixel 4a is star of the show once again
Justice Patil adjourned the matter for tomorrow after the counsel for Nikon India said he would consult the company on withdrawing names of Flipkart and Snapdeal in its notice on its website cautioning customers to check warranty entitlements while buying their products from them. “I will get in touch with my client (Nikon India) and seek their opinion on the expunging the names of Flipkart and Snapdeal from its caution notice published on its website,” Kumar said.
The matter pertained to a June 16, 2014 notice on the Nikon India website which reads: “Please note that E-commerce websites like FLIPKART (Flipkart Internet Private Ltd, WS Retail Services Pvt. Ltd), SNAPDEAL (Jasper Infotech Private Limited) are not our authorized partner/dealer in India for Nikon Products, we advise you to check the warranty entitlements while buying from online portals.” Earlier, Flipkart counsel Jayakumar Patil submitted that there 250 e-retailer portals but it was hard to understand why Nikon India had to mention his client’s name and not others.
Also, he submitted that Nikon India had singled out Flipkart’s name and did not have the right to make such statements, the counsel said. “Nikon India cannot make such statements. We are selling the same product and therefore, we are asking the high court to restrain Nikon from publishing the statement on their website,” he said. The Flipkart case against Nikon India was filed on August 3, 2015. Last year, Snapdeal had moved the Delhi High Court and forced Kaff, kitchen appliances maker, to withdraw a similar caution notice warning customers to check the warranty entitlements of the products sold online.