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HC imposes Rs 10 lakh cost on Policybazaar for concealing facts to obtain interim order

Staff reporter, New Delhi
04/06/2019   0 Comments

The Delhi High Court has imposed Rs 10 lakh cost on online insurance aggregator, Policybazaar, for concealing facts to obtain an ex-parte injunction in a trademark infringement case filed by it against an insurance company. The high court on May 16 had restrained Acko General Insurance, which sells policies online, from using the trademark 'policy bazaar' in any manner "or form or combination or as an adword/key word programme through Google".  Acko, in an application seeking vacation of the May 16 order, told the court that Policybazaar has "concealed and distorted material facts, made misrepresentations and false statements" to obtain the ex-parte ad-interim injunction. 

It told Justice Sanjeev Narula that while Policybazaar came to the court alleging use of its name/ mark as keyword by Acko, the aggregator was doing the same thing with the insurance company's name.  The insurance company claimed that Policybazaar was using its name as a keyword and therefore, its website was showing up as a sponsored link whenever someone was searching for 'Acko'.  Policybazaar admitted to doing so, but told the court that it had stopped the same since April 23, 2019.  The court, however, did not accept the submission and said: "The plaintiffs (Policybazaar) ought to have made true, correct and complete disclosure of the material facts. 
 

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