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EPAM Successful for BlaBlaCar in Dispute in Russia

EPAM Successful for BlaBlaCar in Dispute in Russia

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has successfully represented BlaBlaCar, a global long-distance carpooling service, in a dispute against an unidentified group of bus carriers in Russia.

According to EPAM, the bus carriers filed a collective lawsuit to prohibit BlaBlaCar services from disseminating information about the company and its services on the territory of the Russian Federation. The bus carriers claimed that BlaBlaCar violated the law on passenger transport and consumer rights protection and provided illegal information about its services on its website and mobile application.

The Court of Arbitration in Moscow denied the claiming, holding that BlaBlaCar's activities complied with Russian legislation and that the distribution of information about long-distance travel is not prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation. The Court also ruled that the group of the bus carriers was not authorized to file a collective claim and initiate a lawsuit.

The EPAM team consisted of Partner Valeriy Eremenko, Attorney Ilya Novoselov, Junior Associate Aleksander Frenkel and Anna Kalashnikova.

Editor's Note: On June 25, 2020, EPAM reported that the Moscow Arbitration Court's finding had been upheld both at the court of appeal and at the Moscow District Arbitration Court, which "examined the case in the format of an online meeting."

EPAM at a Glance

Founded in 1993, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is the leading full-service law firm in the CIS with offices in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and associated offices in the UK, the USA and Cyprus.

We advise its clients in many areas of law, including: dispute resolution in Russia and abroad, corporate law, M&A, antitrust issues, project finance and PPP, restructurings and insolvencies, energy and natural resources, property management and privatization, environment, technical regulation and industrial safety, banking and finance, intellectual property, criminal law, real estate and construction, taxation, family and labour disputes, marine and transport law, and international trade and customs.

We combine high academic qualifications, internationally acknowledged moral and ethical values, senior partners' professional experience and practical abilities with the vigour and knowledge of younger attorneys that enables thus providing clients with reliable, first-class service according to both Russian and western standards through a flexible structure.

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Firm's website: www.epam.ru