OREANDA-NEWS. April 09, 2013. Ulyanovsk Regional Arbitration Court pronounced legitimacy of 13 decisions and 26 determinations of the Office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service in the Ulyanovsk Region (Ulyanovsk OFAS Russia) regarding Volzhskaya TGK OJSC violated Article 10 of the Federal Law On Protection of Competition.

The Commission of Ulyanovsk OFAS Russia established that Volzhskaya TGK OJSC violated the pricing procedures by applying in 2012 the rates for hot water, that were not set by the authorized body, to several managing companies, homeowners associations and housing cooperatives.

OFAS issued a determination to Volzhskaya TGK OJSC to stop violating the antimonopoly law.

The generating company filed a lawsuit to Ulyanovsk Regional Arbitration Court to invalidate the decisions and determination of Ulyanovsk OFAS Russia. The Court, however, dismissed the claim.

At the beginning of March 2013, Courts already considered a similar case. Volzhskaya TGK OJSC disagreed with OFAS decision and filed a lawsuit to Ulyanovsk Regional Arbitration Court, and then lodged an appeal to the 11th Arbitration Appeal Court (Samara). The Courts of two instances, however, upheld the decision of the antimonopoly body.

It is very important that Courts support decisions of antimonopoly bodies in their struggle with abuses on the markets, the Head of Ulyanovsk OFAS Russia, Gennady Spirichagov, commented the situation.