Russia’s antimonopoly watchdog appeals transfer of dispute with Google to IP Court
MOSCOW, December 13 (RAPSI) – The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has appealed a ruling of the Moscow District Commercial Court on transfer of dispute between the watchdog and Google to the Intellectual Property Court (IP Court), court documents read on Tuesday.
On December 12, the Moscow Commercial Court postponed until January 9, 2017, a hearing in a lawsuit lodged by Google Ireland Ltd. against the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) over a 500,000 rubles ($8,000) fine.
Initially Google filed an appeal with the Moscow District Commercial Court but the court transferred the case to the IP Court.
Google is to file missing documents by the deadline. Otherwise, the lawsuit would be dismissed.
The watchdog held that Google Ireland Ltd. and Google Inc. had violated anti-monopoly law by abusing their dominance on the Russian market of mobile applications.
The Moscow City Court dismissed a lawsuit against the watchdog in March. On August 17, the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals upheld the ruling.
On November 2, the watchdog fined the companies 500,000 rubles each for their failure to comply with its order.
On November 30, FAS announced that it had filed a lawsuit with a commercial court against Google, forcing it to follow the order.
Yet in September, Igor Artemyev, the Head of FAS, stated that the agency was ready to fine Google every two weeks if the company failed to comply with the order.
“In case we see the process is dragged out, we will meet every two weeks to impose new fines on them for failing to comply with the order,” Artemyev said. “It will continue until the final victory [is achieved - ed.] and final court judgement [is passed - ed.],” according to Artemyev.
Hearings in the lawsuit filed by Google Inc. were set for December 20.