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The following is the main text of the judgement delivered by Osaka District Court on April 23, 2009.
Explanation (written by ARK lawyers)
To sum up, the court ordered Mr. Hayashi to stop using the name ARK Angels, stop selling the ARK Angels goods, dispose of them all, and to pay ￥1, １00, 000 yen to ARK as compensation. ARK greatly appreciates this judgement. All of ARK's demands were met and we won the case.
The case includes various points of legal contoversy, but the most important point is that the court clearly agreed the the following points are both true:
Following this court decision, Mr. Hayashi can no longer use the name "ARK Angels". The case will more to the Osaka High Cout if Mr. Hayashi appeals, but even if he does, we are confidant that the judgement will not be overturned.
|Our priority now is on housing the remaining 16 dogs from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, many of whom have owners, but who are unable to take them back. The area (land) where the Earthquake dogs are now housed, has been rented for many years but now due to changing circumstances of the owners, is due to be returned to them. That means there is some urgency in building new kennels for them in Sasayama. Your continuing support is appreciated.|