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Velux may be facing a libel lawsuit from Polish competitor

The years-long conflict between two competing skylight manufacturers, Fakro and Velux, may be entering a new chapter.

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Following several years of legal battles, the two competing skylight manufacturers Fakro and Velux, appear to be escalating their conflict. Danish daily Børsen writes Monday that Fakro is presently threatening to file a libel lawsuit against Velux.

This possibility has arisen out of several complaint cases in EU courts, where Polish-based Fakro accused Velux for violating competition regulations. These accusations were recently dismissed by the EU. Velux has since in a press statement claimed that Fakro's accusations have has "been used as the basis for a smear campaign across most of Europe against The VELUX Group", which has, among other things, portrayed Velux in an unflatteringly light for customers and others. Velux mentioned in the press statement a one-year-old claim that Fakro and an other conflict had committed industrial espionage against Velux – a case still under investigation by Danish police. Fakro asserts that Velux is mixing up aspects of the EU cases with that involving industrial espionage, and Fakro will not stand for that accusation.

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