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The court returned the head of the network of clinics “Omicron” his claim to the WHO

MOSCOW, Dec 13 The Arbitration Court of the Moscow Region returned without considering the merits of the claim of the founder of the Omicron network of ophthalmological clinics, Alexander Padar, demanding to ban the World Health Organization (WHO) from using the word “Omicron” for the name of a new strain of coronavirus, since, in his opinion, it causes reputational harm his business. As follows from the published ruling, the court concluded that the plaintiff did not substantiate the jurisdiction of the dispute to the Moscow Region Arbitration Court, given that the WHO country office in Russia is located in Leontyevsky Lane in Moscow. The court also referred to the rule allowing the Russian plaintiff to file claims for the protection of business reputation against foreign persons in court at the place of their location. At the same time, Padar is registered in Krasnoyarsk, the court noted. In his lawsuit, the individual entrepreneur Padar demanded to ban WHO from using the term omicron “in the context of a new coronavirus or any other infection (their strains) that pose a threat to humanity anywhere, at any time.” and oblige the defendant to “remove the term” omicron “in any documents emanating from the organization and associated with a new strain of coronavirus infection COVID-19 by replacing this term.” Padar's clinics are located in Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Chelyabinsk, Sverdlovsk and Yaroslavl regions. According to the plaintiff, the coronavirus strain with an identical name carries high reputational risks. According to him, he spent six years associating the Omicron brand with eye health, and it would be a disaster for his network of clinics if Omicron was associated with a fatal disease. April 8, 2020, 17:08 The spread of the coronavirus The most popular myths about the new coronavirusInfographicsWatch The businessman suggested that “if all this drags on,” he will have to change the name, “and these are huge costs – external, internal design, six-year marketing costs, PR and so on.” Padar believes that filing a claim in a Russian court is the fastest way to get it considered. He expects a positive decision for his company, but hopes that the hype around the new strain of coronavirus will end even earlier. Earlier, the WHO, following an emergency meeting, decided to classify the new variant of the coronavirus found in South Africa as causing concern. The new strain – B.1.1.529 – has been named by the WHO with the Greek letter omicron. The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, expressed concern that omicron in its danger could become comparable to the Ebola virus and as infectious as the delta strain. November 30, 11:15 am


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