The court was of the opinion that the name plate "The House of Lawyers" constitutes a misleading commercial practice, more precisely a misleading advertisement, if in fact only a minor number of lawyers practice law in this building.
Given the advertisement, the court held, consumers would expect an office of considerable size. Furthermore, according to the court, the consumers can perceive the advertisement as such that the lawyers located in the building concerned are in cooperation, which was not the case and was therefore again misleading.
Furthermore, it was held by the court that the advertisement concerned can lead to the false impression that the building is the seat of a local or regional lobby for lawyers, which was also not the case.
The court thus concluded that the defendant had breached the prohibition on misleading commercial practices.