Company “Rosneft” has filed an appeal against the decision of the lower court under the claim about protection of business reputation. The information contained in the files of Arbitration court of Moscow. The cassation appeal of “Rosneft” was may 5.
“We believe that the first instance decision [on the claim of “Rosneft”] was incorrect, the decision of second instance [appellate court] from a legal point of view, absurd and provocative. We never thought that the decision [in dispute “Rosneft”] can be finally achieved in the intermediate court. We want to be brand conscious, deliberate misinformation actions on the part of the media in relation to largest — if not the largest market players — had a proper legal assessment”, — said the press-Secretary of “Rosneft” Mikhail Leontyev.
“Lawyers will be willing to comment on the appeal of “Rosneft” only after studying court documents,” — said the press Secretary Yegor Timofeyev.
We are talking about the claim that “Rosneft” submitted in 2016. The charges stemmed from article “Sechin asked the government to protect Rosneft from BP” which was published on the website on 11 April 2016. Immediately after the publication of the article in “Rosneft” said that it is untrue and discredits the business reputation of the company.
As a result, “Rosneft” through court has demanded to rebut material contained in the approval. Cash requirements claim amounted to 3,179 billion rubles, according to “Rosneft”, was the damage to business reputation of the company. Defendants were LLC “BusinessPress” (founder of the information Agency), the TV station , journalists Timofey Dzyadko, Lyudmila Podobedova, Maxim Tovkailo and presenter of the TV channel Konstantin Bochkarev.
In December 2016, the Moscow Arbitration court partially satisfied the claim of “Rosneft”. The court demanded to pay in favor of “Rosneft” 390 thousand rubles, decided to remove the article, which became the reason for the claim, and give a rebuttal. March 1, 2017, the Ninth arbitration appellate court cancelled the decision on collecting of compensation . As stated in the reasoning of the appellate ruling, “Rosneft” did not lead evidence of the damage caused to its business reputation.
Later, the court deleted from the article allegations that gave rise to the claim, and published a retraction of the article.