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Sorainen Successful for Atria in Estonian Supreme Court

Sorainen Successful for Atria in Estonian Supreme Court

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Sorainen has successfully represented Estonian meat producer Atria in its dispute with the Estonian Veterinary and Food Board before the Supreme Court of Estonia.

According to Sorainen, “the dispute arose from the Veterinary and Food Board’s order for the company to destroy all meat originating from a farm where African swine fever virus was discovered following the purchase and processing of pigs. The Supreme Court [held] that the order by the Veterinary and Food Board was unlawful, as the legal provision on which it was based was incorrect and the Veterinary and Food Board did not offer Atria the chance to submit their opinion or objections.”

Sorainen also reports that this judgement is of “special importance to the meat and food industry” because it “redefines judicial practice, [and] sees the Supreme Court interpret European Union and Estonian laws regarding the handling of meat from pigs purchased during the incubation period of the infection and the rights and duties of the participants in such a situation for the first time.”

Sorainen’s team included Counsel Karl Kask.