Thursday, July 26, 2018

Japanese Container Line Wins Damages from Logistics Rival After False Claims

Court Case Ends with Settlement
Shipping News Feature
JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – Back in October 2016 we published an article in which we revealed that, in the preceding month, false rumours regarding the financial health of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) were being spread throughout the freight industry. The ocean container carrier was quick to refute the claims and these were found to have emanated from an industry rival, APL Logistics (APLL).

Knowing the true facts, and realising the potentially huge repercussions, particularly as by this time we had witnessed the initial demise and subsequent complete collapse of rival ocean box freight line Hanjin, K Line opted to take the matter to Court.

The case has revealed that in September 2016, employees of APL Logistics did indeed send erroneous e-mails to its customers which were not based on the facts regarding K Lines true financial situation. A lawsuit having been lodged at the Tokyo District Court in December 2016, a demand for damages in relation to such e-mails was pursued.

This week APLL and its parent company, Kintetsu World Express, Inc., acknowledged the fact that the e-mails included an erroneous report, expressed their regret and responded sincerely, and now K Line tells us that it and APLL have reached an amicable settlement in relation to that claim.