Vilgerts has successfully represented the Moller group companies in Latvia's Administrative Regional Court in a challenge to a EUR 7.4 million fine levied on the company by Latvia's Competition Council.
The fine on the distributor of VW cars was, according to Vilgerts, the highest ever imposed by the Competition Council on one group of companies. In its judgment of November 22, the Administrative Regional Court found that the Competition Council had failed to prove its case, noting, among other things, that the sanctioned actions had not been established as harmful to competition in the case law of the EU courts.
According to Vilgerts Partner Debora Pavila: “There is hope now for Latvian competition law. Up to date the decisions of the Competition Council were virtually untouchable. Law cannot develop in such circumstances.”
In addition to Pavila, the Vilgerts team included Partner Julija Jerņeva, Senior Associate Katrine Plaviga, and Associate Janis Sarans.