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EPAM Successful for Solntse Mexico in Dispute Over Electricity Costs

EPAM Successful for Solntse Mexico in Dispute Over Electricity Costs

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has successfully represented Solntse Mexico in a dispute before the Moscow District Commercial Court with a Russian grid company over payment for electricity consumption outside the scope of a contract.

Solntse Mexico is part of the Gruma group, a global producer of corn and flour tortillas headquartered in Mexico. It has been operating in Russia since 1996. In the autumn of 2017, Solntse Mexico launched a new production site near Moscow --Gruma International Foods' 75th worldwide.

According to an EPAM press release, "the Court overturned a previous ruling from the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeal, which would have required [Solntse Mexico] to reimburse RUB 120 million in unjust enrichment in the form of electricity consumed outside the scope of a contract. A Moscow City Commercial Court decision requiring the recovery of RUB 1.3 million from [Solntse], reflecting the amount of electricity actually consumed, was upheld."

"The court took into account the factual circumstances of the case and irregularities on the part of the grid company involved," EPAM reported. "A unique aspect of the firm’s success lies in the fact that, on the whole, legal practice in this area does not favor consumers."

The EPAM lawyers representing Solntse Mexico in the case included Partners Valery Eremenko and Taras Rabko, Counsel Ekaterina Slivko, Senior Associate Sergey Ustalov, and Associates Ruslan Mekhtiev and Anton Kleshchenko.

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