The Third Court Round of the Antitrust Test “Fish Case” is Completed
On 10 December 2015 Arbitration Court of the Moscow District completed the third round of a most infamous recently antitrust case among those instigated by FAS Russia after the Law on Trade had taken effect in 2010. For five years the Russian food retailers have been keeping track of the case three court rounds worth. The court ruled illegal the total of 63 administrative fines for the aggregate amount of 126 mln roubles sentenced to Metro Cash & Carry LLC for discriminatory practices against fish and fish products suppliers. The case has a long history – it was the third proceeding by the court of cassation after ordering retrial twice.
Among other facts, the case is remarkable for the fines rescinded even though in the beginning of 2014 the courts found the resolution of the antimonopoly authority which instigated administrative proceedings legal. In its course they collected over 1,500 volumes of the case materials making it one of the most extensive ones in terms of both evidence and documents.