Heineken’s local unit in Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries Plc said it has been sued on copyrights violations on one of its non-alcoholic beverages.
The company did not disclose the financial value of the damages legal suit but it vows to fight the case in court.
In a statement issued to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, said it “confirms that it is defending an action filed against it and its former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Johan A. Doyer, by the Nigerian Copyright Commission. The criminal action is pending at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The said action is not new as it was actually instituted in October, 2017, based on a complaint by one Mr. Paul Allen Oche, who is laying a claim to the copyright supposedly contained in a book he “wrote” and which book has, as part of its title, the Amste! Malta trademark which is well known as one of the brands in the Company’s portfolio.
The said Mr. Oche has subsequently filed a personal action with respect to the same issue, at the same Court claiming damages against the Company and others. The Company also confirms that it will be defending the action with a view to protecting its legal rights as well as upholding its reputation.
As a law-abiding corporate citizen, we restate our respect for the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and our commitment to seeing each court action through to its logical conclusion,” the company said.