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global cos answerable to indian courts: sc


 

Global cos answerable to Indian courts: SC

 

International companies are answerable to Indian consumer courts for service deficiency, the Supreme Court has ruled, upholding the apex consumer forum's direction to a Lebanese international courier company to pay 71,615.75 US dollars compensation to a Mumbai-based firm.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu said in a judgement that consumers within the definition of the Consumers Protection Act(CP) can avail remedy for deficiency in service from both consumer fora and regular courts.
"In our view, the protection provided under the C P Act to consumers is in addition to the remedies available under any other statute. It does not extinguish the remedies under another statute but provides an additional or alternative remedy.
 
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