18 Jun '13, 6am

Exclusive: Groupon sues small Singapore merchant for USD 1.6 million in damages, court dismisses claim

Groupon sues small Singapore merchant for USD 1.6 million in damages, court dismisses claim June 18, 2013 by Terence LEE Groupon is currently embroiled in a legal wrangle with Villas International, a small Singapore-based company that brokered between tourist accommodations and group buying companies. In a series of twists, what began as a SGD 2M (USD 1.6M) lawsuit has now become a SGD 290K counterclaim by the merchant against the world’s largest daily deals site. Founded by Mira Hamza and Feroz Ghulam, Villas earned a small fee from advertising vacation stays on various daily deals sites. While the business model is straightforward, trouble started a year into operations. In September 2011, they began running into cashflow problems and in subsequent months started defaulting in their payments to villas in Indonesia and Thailand. Customers began pouring their grievances on...

Full article: http://sgentrepreneurs.com/2013/06/18/groupon-files-usd-2...

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