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Important Announcement


1.     We have received queries from our clients and our associates about  defamation suit     
        commenced by Nelson Isurina Mariano II, a former employee of PowerChess Asia Pte Ltd, 
        as there have been inaccurate reports circulating on the internet about the outcome of the suit. 
        Many of you have expressed concern and have enquired about the accuracy of the reports.

 

2.     PowerChess Asia Pte Ltd would like to take this opportunity to clear the air and to give an 
        accurate report of the outcome of the defamation suit.

 

3.     As had been reported, Nelson Isurina Mariano II had sued PowerChess Asia Pte Ltd for 
        defamation regarding a Notice which had been published on our website on 3 August 2008. 
        In his claim against PowerChess Asia Pte Ltd, Nelson Isurina Mariano II alleged that the Notice 
        “meant and/or was understood to mean that [Nelson Isurina Mariano II] is:

        a. incompetent to coach and conduct chess lessons;

        b. a trouble maker and outcast;

        c. in dire financial circumstances;

        d. the chess players coached by [Nelson Isurina Mariano II] faired (sic) badly;

        e. a thief, liar and an untrustworthy person with low moral values and

        f. intentionally poached [Power Chess Asia Pte Ltd’s] chess players.”

 

4.     The reports on the internet wrongly report that the Court found all of the above statements untrue. 
        The Court had, in fact, only granted judgment to Nelson Isurina Mariano II in respect of items (b) 
        and (e). Prior to the Court delivering its judgment, Nelson Isurina Mariano II's lawyers had written 
        to the Court and to our lawyers on 8 December 2009 to confirm that, in light of an earlier Court 
        hearing on 17 November  2009, Nelson Isurina Mariano II would not be proceeding on items (a), (c), 
        (d) and (f) of his claim “that [Nelson Isurina Mariano II] is:


        (i) incompetent to coach and conduct chess lessons;

        (ii) in dire financial circumstances;

        (iii) the chess players coached by [Nelson Isurina Mariano II] faired (sic) badly; and

        (iv) intentionally poached [PowerChess Asia Pte Ltd’s] chess players.”

 

5.     We thank our clients and our associates for the concern expressed and would like to assure you 
        that we are satisfied with the finding of the Court.

 


The Management
PowerChess Asia Pte Ltd