In its reasoning, the court established that the false assertions concerned constitute a misleading commercial practice, because the defendant aroused the false impression that the defendant had taken over the plaintiff's market power.
According to the court, such conduct is able to influence a consumer's transactional decision whether to contract or not to contract with a certain energy supplier.
With this false statement, the defendant suggested to consumers that their initial supplier would no longer have the supply network. Moreover, any trust in the plaintiff's past services was thereby transferred to the defendant. Furthermore, the defendant pretended to have a particular size and capacity, which it did not have.
The court thus concluded that the defendant committed a misleading commercial practice.