Stop using rival's data, anti-hair-loss firm told

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 October, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 October, 1999, 12:00am

A judge ordered an anti-hair-loss treatment company yesterday to stop using a rival firm's confidential list of customers to solicit business.

Mr Justice Andrew Chung On-tak also told Samson Professional Hair Weave Centre Ltd and Rosana Mak Lok-yee not to disclose the list, which belonged to Harvard Addhair Technologies Ltd, or commit various other infringements.

Samson's possession of the list was likely to put it in an 'unduly advantageous' position to canvass business to Harvard's detriment, Mr Justice Chung said in the Court of First Instance.

Samson sent out privilege cards to Harvard's customers in April 1996, almost two years after Ms Mak left Harvard as its general manager.

Mr Justice Chung ruled that Ms Mak either removed or copied and removed the list before leaving Harvard in July 1994.

Ms Mak, who managed Samson until mid-1997, was also found to have used the list for Samson, which sent promotion materials to Harvard's customers. 'Extremely similar, if not identical' copies were made of photographs used to promote Harvard.