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EPAM Successful in Defense of Russian Meat Processing Plant Against Charges of Unfair Competition

EPAM Successful in Defense of Russian Meat Processing Plant Against Charges of Unfair Competition

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Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners has defended the interests of the Cherkizovsky meat processing plant in a dispute with the Miratorg company.

According to Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners (EPAM), Miratorg (which describes itself as "Russia's leading meat-producer and supplier") had accused the Cherkizovsky meat processing plant (which EPAM describes as "a well-known manufacturer of meat products in Russia") of "simulating the appearance of the packaging for roasting meat," which prompted an investigation of potential unfair competition by Russia's competition authority, the FAS.

According to EPAM, its lawyers "managed to develop an effective defensive position," and proved that the Cherkizovo brand and corporate identity were sufficiently well-known and established on the market that there was no risk of consumers being misled by the similar packaging.

The FAS Russia terminated the proceedings accordingly, finding no violation of antitrust laws.

The EPAM team was led by Adviser Denis Gavrilov and Lawyer Alexander Balyberdin.

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