CASSATION COURT SUPPORTED FAS DECISION ON A CASE AGAINST A CARTEL OF MANAGING COMPANIES
Companies are fined 1.2 million RUB
On 11 December 2019, the Arbitration Court of the North-West District recognized legitimacy and reasonableness of a decision of St Petersburg OFAS with regard to “Vozrozhdenie” and “Mir” managing companies as well as the Housing Committee and St Petersburg State Housing Inspection, the Authority and Housing Agency of Vasily Ostrov District.
The anticompetitive agreement* between the managing company and the authorities restricted market entry of “Vasileostrovets” Housing-and-Utility Service” CJSC and exist of “No.2 Housing-and-Utility Service of Vasileostrovsky District” Ltd. As a result, “Mir” managing company got 288 houses to manage, “Vozrozhdenie” – 355 houses and “Vasileostrovets” did not get any single house in its management.
The respondents failed to appeal the decision of St Petersburg OFAS at Court. The antimonopoly body “Vozrozhdenie” and “Mir” managing companies and officials of the authorities for the total sum exceeding 1.2 million RUB.
*Part 1 Article 11 and Part 1 Article 16 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition”