BONNETERIE CEVENOLE AND ANOTHER v. MENGTEJIAO FINERY (CHINA) CO LTD

HCA 1101/2012

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

ACTION NO 1101 OF 2012

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BETWEEN

BONNETERIE CEVENOLE 1st Plaintiff
MONTAGUT FAR EAST LIMITED
(夢特嬌遠東有限公司)
2nd Plaintiff
and
FRANCE MENGTEJIAO LIMITED
(法國夢特嬌有限公司)
Defendant

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HCA 1103/2012

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

ACTION NO 1103 OF 2012

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BETWEEN

BONNETERIE CEVENOLE 1st Plaintiff
MONTAGUT FAR EAST LIMITED
(夢特嬌遠東有限公司)
2nd Plaintiff
and
FRANCE MENGTEJIAO (DEVELOPMENT) LIMITED
(法國夢特嬌(發展)有限公司)
Defendant

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HCA 1104/2012

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

ACTION NO 1104 OF 2012

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BETWEEN

BONNETERIE CEVENOLE 1st Plaintiff
MONTAGUT FAR EAST LIMITED
(夢特嬌遠東有限公司)
2nd Plaintiff
and
FRANCE MANCHIJIAO DRESS (CHENXI) INT’L LIMITED
(法國夢特嬌服飾(辰茜)國際有限公司)
Defendant

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HCA 1249/2012

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

ACTION NO 1249 OF 2012

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BETWEEN

BONNETERIE CEVENOLE 1st Plaintiff
MONTAGUT FAR EAST LIMITED
(夢特嬌遠東有限公司)
2nd Plaintiff
and
MENGDEJIAO FASHION LIMITED
(夢德嬌服飾有限公司)
Defendant

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HCA 1250/2012

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

ACTION NO 1250 OF 2012

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BETWEEN

BONNETERIE CEVENOLE 1st Plaintiff
MONTAGUT FAR EAST LIMITED
(夢特嬌遠東有限公司)
2nd Plaintiff
and
FRANCE MONTAGUT MEISHAI CLOTHES LIMITED
(法國夢特嬌美善服飾有限公司)
Defendant

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HCA 1251/2012

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

ACTION NO 1251 OF 2012

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BETWEEN

BONNETERIE CEVENOLE 1st Plaintiff
MONTAGUT FAR EAST LIMITED
(夢特嬌遠東有限公司)
2nd Plaintiff
and
MENGTEJIAO FINERY (CHINA)
CO LIMITED
(夢特嬌服飾(中國)有限公司)
Defendant

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Before: Hon Zervos J in Chambers

Date of Hearing: 25 February 2014
Date of Judgment: 25 February 2014

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J U D G M E N T

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1. This is yet another batch of applications involving shadow companies. This time by two plaintiffs that have commenced proceedingsagainst various defendants which have been allowed to incorporate in Hong Kong with a name similar to that of the plaintiffs or theirtrade names or trade marks. The object of the persons behind the defendant companies is to use the Hong Kong incorporation for thepurposes of passing off and infringing the trade names or trade marks of the plaintiffs. When it comes to institute civil proceedingsby the plaintiffs against each of the defendant companies, there is no one to step forward to defend or respond to the litigationconcerned. It appears that the persons behind the companies have left the jurisdiction and armed with Hong Kong corporate recordsuse them in Mainland China in furtherance of a fraud.

2. This is a typical case of a shadow company. The characteristic features of a case of this type were described by me in Power Dekor (Hong Kong) Ltd v Power Dekor Group Co Ltd, HCA 1139/2013, unreported, 9 January 2014.

3. Having considered the papers filed and the submissions for the plaintiffs, I am satisfied in each case that service of the relevantpapers have been properly effected and that the defendant has defaulted in filing a notice of intention to defend and a defence.

4. Accordingly, I enter judgment for the plaintiffs against each of the defendants in HCA 1101/2012; 1103/2012, 1104/2012; 1249/2012,1250/2012; 1251/2012 and I order the relief sought by the plaintiffs in the respective summons.

(Kevin Zervos)
Judge of the Court of First Instance
High Court

Ms Iris Mok, of ONC Lawyers, for the plaintiffs