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Tennant granted interim injunction against false statements

April 12, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — Tennant Company has announced that the Regional Court in Cologne, Germany, has granted Tennant an interim injunction against Alfred Kärcher GmbH, according to a press release.

The court''s decision, effective immediately, means that Kärcher is no longer allowed to state that Tennant has weakened its ec-H2O advertising claims and Karcher must immediately remove all such statements from the Internet, the release stated.

According to the release, if future violations to the court''s decision occur, Kärcher could be forced to pay a fine of up to €250,000 (approximately $327,000) to the German state.

"We are pleased with the court''s actions to halt the spread of disparaging statements by a competitor. We stand behind our ec-H2O technology and the many benefits that ec-H2O provides customers worldwide," said Chris Killingstad, Tennant Company''s president and chief executive officer (CEO).

Tennant sought and was granted the injunction after Kärcher refused Tennant''s request to cease and desist in spreading false information about Tennant''s ec-H2O advertising, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.