A team from the Firm’s Litigation Practice has successfully defended the interests of the North-West Directorate for Construction, Reconstruction and Renovation of the Russian Ministry of Culture in a litigation seeking to recover RUR 60 million.
The North-West Directorate went to court in order to recover unreasonable gains from dishonest contractor Remstroyfacade in the form of an unearned down payment amounting to RUR 67 million that was never reimbursed following the termination of the government contract. The contract provided for repair and renovation works at a site listed as a cultural and historical monument.
The respondent filed a counter claim seeking to recover RUR 60 million of debt for works performed under the contract.
The first instance and appellate courts entirely upheld the contractor’s claims and dismissed the North-West Directorate’s initial claim.
On 28 November 2017, the North-West District Commercial (Arbitrazh) Court upheld the North-West Directorate’s cassation appeal, which was drafted by the Firm, and remanded the case for retrial by a newly constituted bench.
The Client was represented by Partner and Co-head of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Valery Eremenko, Counsel Alina Kudriavtseva, Associate Ksenia Tomilina and Junior Associate Dmitry Perunov.