The Tennant Company is likely to appeal against a Stuttgart (Germany) Regional Court judgement, delivered early last week, against Tennant and its advertising of ec-H2O technology. The legal action was instigated by Karcher.
According to a 17 June Karcher blog post, the court determined Tennant advertisements claiming that the machines with ec-H2O-technology clean as well as scrubber dryers using cleaning agents are misleading.
The Court determination referred specifically to:
* ec-H2O technology enabled water so that it acts as a powerful cleaning agent
* ec-H2O makes its own strong cleaner, so no more purpose cleaner must be purchased for the scrubber
* ec-H2O reduces costs because no all-purpose cleaners must be purchased for the scrubber
* ec-H2O is a proven technology
‘Tennant’s counterclaim was also rejected by the court: Karcher’s claim that the cleaning effect of ‘ec-H20′ is no better than that of mains water has been accepted,’ noted the Karcher blog.
Tennant responded saying it will likely appeal a recent German court decision in Karcher’s lawsuit regarding advertisements of Tennant Company’s proprietary ec-H2O technology.
“Although we have not seen the final written decision of the court we believe it is, respectfully, based on incomplete and inaccurate information. The two laboratory bench tests performed by the court appointed advisor had no or too little correlation to cleaning with a scrubber-dryer using Tennant’s ec-H2O chemical-free technology,” said Chris Killingstad, Tennant CEO.
Tennant continues to stand behind its advertisements of the ec-H2O technology based on extensive internal and external tests and the experiences of customers who have years of experience cleaning with ec-H2O, according to Killingstad.
Tennant maintains that the two laboratory bench tests performed by the court appointed advisor were seriously flawed.