|Director of Putney Estate Agent Taken To Court By Wimbledon Competitor|
After estate agent's "prank" led rival's clients to porn pages
Luke Bennett, director of the SW19 & SW15 estate agencies, has agreed to pay £15,000 in damages to rival agency, eddisonwhite, after the High Court was told he bought the website eddisonwhite.com and diverted it to various porn sites.
A Wimbledon estate agent has been ordered to pay damages after a court heard he re-directed people looking for a rival’s website to pornographic web pages.
Despite several requests by the owners of Colliers Wood-based eddisonwhite for the web pages to be removed, they continued to operate.
Mr Bennett had been a long-standing friend of Richard Eddison, the joint owner of eddisonwhite, and Mr Bennett's company described the incident as "a schoolboy prank that went wrong".
The eddisonwhite.co.uk website had been operating since March 2004, the same year the estate agency was established. Mr Bennett bought the eddisonwhite.com website in November 2005.
He admitted the accusations of trademark infringement in June last year, and was ordered to pay damages when the case went to the High Court on April 28.
Richard Eddison the joint owner of eddisonwhite, said:
His lawyer, Peter Adediran added:
Mr Bennett is away, but a spokesman at the Merton Road estate agency said:
May 18, 2010