Taiwan businessman Karma Tang, who splashed red paint at German firm Baumüller GmbH's Taipei Plas booth, is in a messy legal battle.
So far he is the defendant in a lawsuit initiated by Baumüller for vandalism, and a plaintiff in another suit against Baumüller for “business deception/fraud” and defamation.
He's also the defendant in a third case — he claims he does not know whom the plaintiff is, but he will find out at a Nov. 25 hearing.
A hearing in the first case took place at 10:20 a.m. Oct. 27 in a Taipei court, according to legal documents supplied to Plastics News China. During the 10 minute proceeding, Tang said he admitted vandalism but the judge granted Baumüller's lawyers two weeks to settle the dispute. Baumüller's staff was not present at the hearing.
In the afternoon the same day, Tang filed suit against Baumüller for deception and defamation, naming three company executives: Andreas Baumüller, Norbert Scholz, and Stefan Krahn.
Tang is seeking NT$300 million (US$9.68 million, or about 7.5 million euros) in compensation, mostly for the early termination of his contract, legal documents showed. He submitted 75 pages of emails and 29 photos in evidence.
Tang told Plastics News China that he felt bad for the two Shanghai-based Baumüller staffers that he attacked with red paint at Taipei Plas.
“Rene Funger and Ding Zhaofang, they are indeed innocent, I will personally pay for the damage [to their clothes],” Tang said.
Settlement efforts fail
In settlement negotiations, Tang proposed accepting about 2.25 million euros — or about 30 percent of his initial 7.5 million euro demand. Tang said his proposal was based on past-due commission, business development expenses and potential future commissions from a six-year sales-agent contract that he says took effect on Jan. 1.