The Alrud dispute resolution team has claimed success in its representation of the joint-stock company TVEL in a dispute with Westinghouse Electric Company LLC.
TVEL, a company in the Russian state-owned Rosatom group, is the only Russian nuclear fuel exporter.
According to Alrud, “in 2012, the Vice-President of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, [an] American competitor of JSC TVEL, in an interview with a leading Ukrainian business periodical stated that when used in South-Ukrainian nuclear facility, JSC TVEL’s nuclear fuel caused deformation of nuclear fuel produced by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC."
TVEL filed a claim "on protection of business reputation" with the Arbitrazh court of the city of Moscow against Westinghouse Electric Company, the Ukrainian periodical editor’s office, and the author of the article. According to Alrud, “the procedure was complicated by the fact that the Ukrainian defendants avoided appearing in court hearings, so they had to be notified via the Ukrainian justice institutions."
The Arbitrazh court of the city of Moscow upheld TVEL’s claim, finding that the disputed statements discredited the business reputation of TVEL, and obligated the plaintiff – the Ukrainian periodical – to publish the substantive part of the resolution on its website.
Alrud’s team was headed by Senior Partner Vassily Rudomino and included Senior Associate Sergey Petrachkov, Associate Nikolai Volodin, Attorneys Azat Akhmetov and Anastasiya Popova.
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