CFA Society Singapore
SINGAPORE (Aug 16): Creative Technology is showing no letup in hauling other tech companies to court and making them pay for contract breaches and patent infringement.
In the latest win on Wednesday, Creative announced the Singapore Court held China tech giant Huawei International liable of misinterpretation, being grossly negligent and for breach of contract.
Huawei has been ordered to pay Creative and subsidiary QMax Communications about US$9.3 million ($12.7 million) and US$15.6 million with interest, which brings the total sum to about $36 million.
Given that Creative has an issued capital of 70.3 million shares, the damages work out to be roughly 51 cents per shares. Shares in Creative closed at $1.05 on Wednesday, up 8.8% year to date.
In 2012, Creative and QMax started legal proceedings against Huawei, the vendor of equipment for a wireless broadband project, to recover damages and all losses suffered for misrepresentation and breach of contract.
Huawei, in turn, filed a counterclaim seeking relief that included damages for the alleged wrongful rescission and for termination of the contract.
Huawei’s counterclaim has also been dismissed and costs of the legal proceedings were awarded to Creative and QMax.
In the 3Q ended March, Creative sank into the red with a net loss of US$4.61 million ($6.4 million) compared to a net profit of US$4.04 million a year ago when it had benefited from a gain of US$13.69 million.
Sales fell 13% to US$16 million "due to the uncertain and difficult market conditions which continued to affect the sales of the group's products", the company said.