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Nielsen

Nielsen

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 1SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NEW YORK Index No. NEW DELHI TELEVISION LIMITED,Plaintiff -against- NIELSEN HOLDINGS N.V., VALCON ACQUISITION B.V.,THE NIELSEN COMPANY B.V.,VNU INTERMEDIATE HOLDING B.V., NIELSEN HOLDING AND FINANCE B.V.,THE NIELSEN COMPANY (LUXEMBOURG) S.A.R.L,VNU INTERNATIONAL B.V.,TNC (US) HOLDINGS, INC.,THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC,VNU MARKETING INFORMATION, INC.,ACN HOLDINGS INC.,ACNIELSEN CORPORATION,ACNIELSEN MARKETING RESEARCH INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED,ACNIELSEN RESEARCH SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED,KANTAR MEDIA RESEARCH PVT LTD.,WPP, PLC,CAVENDISH SQUARE HOLDING B.V.,J. WALTER THOMPSON,IMRB INTERNATIONAL,TAM MEDIA RESEARCH PRIVATE LIMITED.DAVID CALHOUN,JAMES A. ATWOOD, JR.,RICHARD J. BRESSLER,SIMON E. BROWN,MICHAEL S. CHAE,PATRICK HEALY,JAMES M. KILTS,IAIN LEIGH.ELIOT P. S. MERRILL,ALEXANDER NAVAB,ROBERT REID andSCOTT A. SCHOEN,Defendants.
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FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 07/26/2012
INDEX NO. 652589/2012NYSCEF DOC. NO. 2RECEIVED NYSCEF: 07/26/2012
 
 2The Plaintiff, NEW DELHI TELEVISION LIMITED, (“NDTV” or “Plaintiff”) seeks compensatory and punitive damages from NIELSEN HOLDINGS N.V., VALCON ACQUISITION B.V., THE NIELSEN COMPANY B.V., VNUINTERMEDIATE HOLDING B.V., NIELSEN HOLDING AND FINANCE B.V.,THE NIELSEN COMPANY (LUXEMBOURG) S.A.R.L, VNU INTERNATIONALB.V., TNC (US) HOLDINGS, INC., THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC, VNUMARKETING INFORMATION, INC., ACN HOLDINGS INC., ACNIELSENCORPORATION, ACNIELSEN MARKETING RESEARCH INDIA PRIVATELIMITED, and ACNIELSEN RESEARCH SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED,(collectively, the above defendants, “Nielsen” or the “Nielsen Group”), KANTAR MEDIA RESEARCH PRIVATE LIMITED, WPP PLC, CAVENDISH SQUAREHOLDING B.V., JWT and IMRB INTERNATIONAL (the latter five (5) defendants,collectively, “Kantar” or the “Kantar Group”), (all the above defendants, collectively,the “Defendants”), TAM MEDIA RESEARCH PRIVATE LIMITED (hereinafter “TAM”), DAVID CALHOUN, JAMES A. ATWOOD, JR., RICHARD J.BRESSLER, SIMON E. BROWN, MICHAEL S. CHAE, PATRICK HEALY,JAMES M. KILTS, IAIN LEIGH. ELIOT P. S. MERRILL, ALEXANDER NAVAB,ROBERT REID and SCOTT A. SCHOEN (the latter eleven (11) defendants,collectively, the “Nielsen Directors”).
 
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PRELIMINARY STATEMENT
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This is a case, brought under New York State laws, of negligence,gross negligence, false representations, prima facie tort and negligence per se (basedon violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Dutch CorporateGovernance Code), all of which wrongdoings are centered in New York City, theworldwide operational headquarters of Nielsen, and which wrongdoings directly and proximately caused injuries to NDTV, a leading international broadcaster based in New Delhi, India, and to countless others in Florida, Turkey, the Philippines andacross the planet. This is also a case of a once noble company, Nielsen, now owned by “Sponsors”, exhibiting unabashed short term greed and reckless disregard of itsduties and of its noble origin. It is a case of the two largest audience measurementconglomerates in the world, Nielsen and Kantar, formerly competitors, operatingworldwide through a deliberately complex web of subsidiaries and joint ventures,creating, at least in India, a monopoly and abusing the power of that monopoly.2.
 
This is also a case of the Nielsen Board of Directors, as proxies for theworld’s largest and most powerful group of corporate takeover specialists (referred toherein and in Nielsen’s 2011 Annual Report as “Sponsors”) that, since 2006, control Nielsen, recklessly disregarding, in New York City, the worldwide operatingheadquarters of Nielsen, their explicit responsibilities to customers under the Dutchlaws to which they are subject, the country of Nielsen’s incorporation being the Netherlands.

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