PARIS — The urgent applications judge in the high court here today ordered Jacques Dessange, founder of Dessange International, to remove litigious passages from his e-book “Le Complot” (or “The Conspiracy,” in English) — in any medium. If he does not meet the request within 48 hours, he will be obliged to pay a provisionary penalty of 1,000 euros, or $1,374 at current exchange, per day and per infraction ascertained.
As reported in mid-October, the company launched numerous legal proceedings against Dessange for “defamatory attacks” allegedly made against his son Benjamin Dessange, who is president of the firm’s board. In his book Dessange senior claims a conspiracy led to his eviction from Dessange International.
Dessange senior has also been ordered to pay his son a symbolic euro, or $1.37, for damages, plus 1,200 euros, or $1,649, for legal expenses.
Benjamin Dessange in a press statement reiterated his objective of defending the Dessange brand.
“The group Dessange International reserves the possibility to pursue a trial on the case’s merits in order to reestablish the truth on the unfounded lies and attacks of Mr. Jacques Dessange,” he stated. “Concerning Mr. Jacques Dessange’s departure to retire from the company Dessange International, I reaffirm that the decision was taken on his own initiative when his mission of representation ended in January 2009. The transfer of his shares in 2008 and 2010 for a sum of 40 million euros [or $55 million] was realized in full transparency, supervised by his advisers.”
Dessange junior stated at no time did he benefit financially from the transfer.