Mark Dixon’s Regus ordered by the High Court to pay £65,000 in costs over EASY branding dispute to Sir Stelios
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easyGroup, owner of the easy family of brands (www.easy.com), has today claimed a second important victory in its long running legal battle against various brand thieves. A week after its success against French supermarket giant Carrefour, easyGroup has now won an important battle against IWG PLC, the London Stock Exchange listed company that owns Regus https://www.regus.com/ and other “serviced office” brands, over its use of the “easyoffices” name.
The High Court has now found in easyGroup’s favour and today ordered IWG to pay the sum of £65,000 in legal costs to easyGroup.
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, owner of the easy family of brands which includes easyJet, easyHotel, easyBus, easyCar, easyGym and many others said:
“This is the second multinational company we have beaten in a fortnight. I hope those brand thieves out there will begin to get the message that we own the easy family of brands and we will do everything we can to stop other people from using it without our permission. Such unauthorized use by brand thieves confuses our customers and we have a duty to protect such customers. This decision effectively confirms that Mark Dixon has no legitimate right to use the name “easyoffices”. easyGroup will now take all the necessary legal steps to prevent any further unauthorised use by Mark Dixon of the easy name.”
Notes for editors:
The dispute between easyGroup and the London stock market quoted serviced office provider, IWG PLC, formerly known as Regus PLC (market cap of GBP 2 billion) headed by Mark Dixon, dates back to 2008. The sometimes personal dispute between Mark Dixon and Sir Stelios was even at some stage the subject of a libel lawsuit that was settled at the courtroom steps with Dixon apologizing to Sir Stelios.
The serviced office sector is very hot at the moment with players such as Wework achieving stratospheric pre-money valuations when raising vast sums of money. easyGroup has just opened its own answer to Wework under the brand www.easyHub.com. The first pilot site is open in Croydon with more offices due to open soon in recently acquired freehold premises at 168 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9PR in desirable Chelsea and then in Park Royal, north London.