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Bailiff ‘says it with flowers’

The wife of a local businessman received a court summons in a rather creative way when the bailiff showed up at her house disguised as a florist to deliver 12 red roses and a pink envelope. The woman opened the envelope only to find the court summons she had been dodging.
According daily Politis, the woman then destroying the roses by stomping on them in front of the bailiff-in-disguise.
The court summons was issued in connection with the alleged unauthorised use of the franchising rights of the Burger King Corporation by two companies owned by her businessman husband – Laser Investments and King Franchises. His wife appears to be named as the owner and manager of Laser Investments.
According to a UK court decision dated April 2013, for the year 2011-2012 the two companies used the Burger King logo and operated restaurants under the global fast-food giant name without first securing franchise rights from Burger King.
Burger King took the companies to court, which ordered that the sum of €376,000 be paid back for unauthorised use. This was to be added to a previous out-of-court settlement forcing the two companies to pay a total of €1.7 million.
Daily Politis had previously reported that both the businessman and his wife refused to comply with the court’s decision, leading the corporation to enlist the help of a US company that specialises in financing litigation.


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