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German Drugmaker Starts Legal Action With Facebook Over Its Facebook Page

     
4:03 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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German Drugmaker Starts Legal Action With Facebook Over Its Facebook Page [bbc.co.uk]
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."

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Has facebook gone nuts?
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I think it has been confused by the company having the same name. It was, originally the same company, but is no longer.
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Facebook has to "look into it" before doing or saying anything. Nothing nuts about it. I imagine that the German staff were given admin access because FB didn't realise the two were separate companies but selling the same kind of products. The US Merck could sue FB for that, if that is the case.

Given that so many companies have the same name in different countries, (in Australia, you can have the same business name in each state) I am surprised that FB staff aren't aware of that.