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bubster

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3447389 posted 2:22 pm on Sep 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi all

I'm looking for a little advice please.

A couple of years ago I developed a website for a client who is a limited UK company.

Since this time my company have managed all seo and online marketing.

The website is number on google for the clients desired keywords and he gets good business from this.

In August this year I found at least 15 websites sitting directly under my clients site on google for his company name keywords.

Someone has registered as a UK limited company using a very similar name and populated around 20 very spam looking websites with very similar text.

My clients company name is something like: ABC Widgets Hire Ltd
and was registered around 6 years ago with companies house.

The new company has registered: ABC Wigets Ltd in August this year.

The nature of the business is exactly the same but they are an affiliate.

The company has around 20 sites with domains names such as londonwigetshire, birminghamwigetshire ie. picking up major UK cities.

The actual website are very spammy with stuffed keywords and text taken from my site, apart from the city name, each of the 20 sites are really duplicates.

My client is seriously losing business due to the other websites using a similar company name.

Also, he is getting phone calls from irate customers who have booked to hire widgets with the other company but they haven't been delivered and they are calling up my client by mistake.

The other company looks to be blatently ripping off my clients business but failing to provide any level of service.

I have filed a basic spam report to google but as of yet seen no action.

Can anyone offer advice on how to approach this matter.

Your help and time are much appreciated.

regards,

bub

 

justgowithit

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3447389 posted 4:30 pm on Sep 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

Although your situation is not *exactly* the same, there has been a lot of talk about copied sites [google.com] that you will find helpful.

My reaction would be to track down to host of these sites and see if you can come to any solutions there. Of course, that's temporary at best and often a tough road to travel.

andye

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3447389 posted 11:27 am on Sep 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

Someone has registered as a UK limited company using a very similar name and populated around 20 very spam looking websites with very similar text.

nature of the business is exactly the same

My client is seriously losing business

phone calls from irate customers

Client should:

- register a trademark if they haven't already

- make copies of all the evidence available

- send a 'cease and desist' letter to the other company

- if the amount of lost business and irate customers is great enough, get professional legal advice on claiming damages against the other party for 'passing off'.

If this case is as blatant as you're saying then your client is likely to win, so the other party would probably settle out of court. Check the other ltd company has sufficient assets to be worth sueing them for before going ahead, otherwise see if you can go after the directors instead.

Best wishes.

bubster

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3447389 posted 9:12 am on Sep 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi

Thank you for your replies and good advice.

The 'passing off' advice is much appreciated and has pointed me in the correct legal direction.

I found some good information here and that may help anyone with a similar case.

[bizhelp24.com...]

A major UK magazine has just published an article on the unscrupulous company warning the public not to deal with them.

This helps as evidence to support my case. I'm just drafting a cease and desist further to your advice.

Your help is much appreciated.

regards,

bub

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