The ongoing legal row between Delhi based Computer Media Dealer Association (CMDA) and Samsung India on 'Samsung Educational Alert', which the company issued way back in the year 2007 has been clarified. CMDA fought with Samsung and got it clarified through court in the larger interest of the trade and channel.
The issue came in to the limelight when in 2007 Samsung India, moved an 'Educational Alert' through their vendor association namely Manufacturers' Association For Information Technology (MAIT) to all IT channel associations of the country including CMDA Delhi informing the respective associations and their members that no 'Original Samsung Products' could be imported/dealt without prior knowledge and consent.
Upon obtaining channel feedback CMDA Delhi sort clarifications regarding this 'Educational Alert' and decided to challenge this before the MRTP commission.
Manoj Khanna, general secretary, CMDA, explained, "Our association was not satisfied with the said Alert, which apparently seemed aimed at bettering profits for vendors. Then our association decided to challenge the same before the MRTP Commission which put Samsung to notice our specific petition."
"While the matter was progressing at its pace before the MRTP Commission, Samsung India once again submitted impalement application against CMDA Delhi before the Delhi High Court. The same was strongly contested and subsequently Samsung had to withdraw their impalement application before the court," informed Puneet Singhal, president, CMDA.
Once again the matter progressed before the MRTP Commission which was then re-named as 'Competition Appellate Tribunal' in Delhi.
"Finally after lot of arguments and deliberations, Samsung India clarified on November 26, 2012 that the 'Educational Alert of 2007' was meant only for the entities buying directly from them (Samsung India), after which CMDA Delhi was satisfied and withdrew their complaint against Samsung," concluded Singhal.