The Russian Supreme Commercial Court upholds a €28.5 M fine on a British-Russian oil company for abuse of dominance (TNK-BP)

BACKGROUND In 2008 the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of the Russian Federation found four major Russian vertically integrated oil companies (TNK-BP, Rosneft, Lukoil and Gazprom Neft) guilty of abusing a collective dominant position on the wholesale Russian market for motor fuel products in the course of 2007 and the first half of 2008. The FAS fined all companies a total of 5.4 billion roubles (€140 mln), of which TNK-BP's fine was 1.1 billion (€28.5 mln). In 2009 the FAS conducted a “second wave” of investigations, and subsequently imposed fines totalling 20.7 billion roubles (€530 mln) on the same companies. In the course of 2009-10 the four oil companies successfully appealed these fines in various regional commercial courts. The FAS challenged the decisions of the regional

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Vitaly Pruzhansky, Jan Peter van der Veer, The Russian Supreme Commercial Court upholds a €28.5 M fine on a British-Russian oil company for abuse of dominance (TNK-BP), 25 May 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2010, Art. N° 31901

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