Developer Behind China's Bad Juju Building Claims Victory in Court
Chen Juan|Xu Wei
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Developer Behind China's Bad Juju Building Claims Victory in Court

(Yicai Global) April 11 -- Soho China has won more than CNY200,000 (USD29,800) and a public apology from the media network that claimed one of the real estate developer's commercial properties had "bad fengshui."

A Beijing court ordered Zhuhai Shengun Network Technology -- which runs the offending WeChat account named Shengunju, or 'Psychic Club' -- to pay the damages, the court said in a statement yesterday.

Fengshui, translated directly as wind-water, is an ancient Chinese pseudoscience that claims the positioning of objects, like furniture, can create a positive energy that harmonizes people with their surroundings to create good fortune.

Psychic Club reported in November that the defendant's Wangjing Soho building in the Chinese capital had a defective layout causing bad energy after the demise of several of the premises' occupants, including the companies behind live-streaming platform Panda TV, television show streamer Acfun and bike sharer Bluegogo.

Renowned architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away in 2016, designed the building. Construction began in 2010 and was completed in 2013, attracting a host of web companies to its more than 115,000 square meters of space.

The article went viral on social media, leading to Soho China expressing its outrage and intent to sue last month.  Its Beijing Wangjing Soho Real Estate unit was hoping for the apology and CNY300,000 in compensation, according to the case outline on the website of Beijing Chaoyang People's Court, which presided over the suit.

The defendant has no plans to appeal for a larger sum. Shengun Network has not yet commented on its plans.

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Keywords: Fengshui , Soho China , Lawsuit