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Friday, 22 November, 2002, 13:27 GMT
No easy answer to name change
Aircraft on runway
easyJet took action against a Fadmoor businesswoman
A North Yorkshire aircraft rental firm has been forced to change its name after trading for more than a year as Easy Rentaplane.

Pig farmer's wife Lin Johnson, of Fadmoor, on the North York Moors, incurred the wrath of the easyGroup of companies - which includes the easyJet low-cost airline - after advertising the services of her light aircraft rental firm across the north of England.

Mrs Johnson says the venture has been set up as a diversification from the farm's pig-rearing business.

But after establishing a website with the domain name 'easy-rentaplane' and having literature and stationery printed and distributed the business has fallen foul of the easyGroup's lawyers and been forced to change its name.

Mrs Johnson told BBC NewsOnline: "You can imagine how shocked I was when I received this letter."


The easy group doesn't want to give anyone a bad time, but we can't afford to put up with people borrowing our name or piggy-backing our brand by association.

James Rothnie of the easyGroup
She continued:"They threatened that failure to comply with their demands would result in proceedings being taken against me including a claim for damages and costs."

James Rothnie, Director of Corporate Affairs for easyGroup, said" It was never our intention to appear heavy-handed. We are duty bound to protect our brand from commercial threats, and also to protect the consumer; we don't want the consumer to think companies are part of the easyGroup when they're not. "

He added:"The easyGroup doesn't want to give anyone a bad time, but we can't afford to put up with people borrowing our name or piggy-backing our brand by association."


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