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The German drugmaker Merck KGaA has begun legal action against Facebook after discovering what its lawyer described as the "the apparent takeover of its Facebook page".
The webpage is being used by the German firm's US rival Merck & Co.
Merck KGaA said that the social network "is an important marketing device [and] the page is of great value", adding that since its competitor was benefiting from the move "time is of the essence."
A Facebook spokeswoman said: "We are looking into it."