TWG Tea and founder tussle over domain name

(From top) TWG Tea Company founder and former chief executive officer Manoj Murjani, current chief executive officer Taha Bouqdib and his wife Maranda Barnes. The latest legal tussle is over the ownership of the firm's Internet domain name which rema
(From left) TWG Tea Company founder and former chief executive officer Manoj Murjani, current chief executive officer Taha Bouqdib and his wife Maranda Barnes. The latest legal tussle is over the ownership of the firm's Internet domain name which remains registered under Mr Murjani's name even after he left the firm in 2012.

The company behind luxury tea brand TWG Tea has sued founder and former chief executive officer Manoj Murjani over the ownership of its Internet domain name on which the firm hosts its website, online store and e-mail servers.

Mr Murjani had registered the domain twgtea.com in August 2007 under his own name, before the TWG Tea Company was incorporated. But the company is relying on a document he signed in 2010 to argue that the domain name belongs to it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2018, with the headline 'TWG Tea and founder tussle over domain name'. Print Edition | Subscribe