Sorainen has successfully represented Unis Steel Baltija before the Lithuanian Supreme Court.
Unis Steel Baltija challenged the claim brought by one of its clients that pipes it had purchased from Unis Steel needed to be replaced with new ones. The first instance court decided that the claim was about defective items sold, so a shorter limitation period of six months applied. However, the appeal court decided that the claim was for compensation for damage caused by faulty products, so a three-year limitation period applied.
According to Sorainen, "the Lithuanian Supreme Court stated that a damage compensation claim, to which a three-year limitation period applies, can only be pursued when buyer’s rights cannot be defended by applying special provisions governing the contractual legal relations of sale and purchase. In all other cases a claim for defective items sold should be filed, in which case a six-month limitation period applies."
The Sorainen team consisted of Partner Kestutis Svirinas, Senior Associate Kazimieras Karpickis, and Associate Ausra Gauryte.