Lawsuit against watchdog in free baby food case postponed
MOSCOW, November 14 - RAPSI, Natalia Belova. A commercial court postponed until December 14 Wimm-Bill-Dann's lawsuit against the antimonopoly service to reverse its resolution that free baby food order biddings broke statutory regulations, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reports from the courtroom on Monday.
Wimm-Bill-Dann is a Russian food company established in 1992. Its headquarters are in Moscow.
Nutricia was established over 100 years ago. One of its founders Martinus van der Hagen obtained the right to produce special milk for babies in 1896. Nutricia specializes in producing food for babies and infants. It has operated in Russia since 1994 and been a part of the international Danone food group since 2007.
Wimm-Bill-Dann was a successful bidder for 2010 baby food supply orders.
The court postponed the hearing to allow Wimm-Bill-Dann to familiarize itself with the antimonopoly agency's statement of defense.
The Moscow Health Department and Nutricia, the French Danone division, are third parties to the dispute.
Nutricia appealed the tender results with the Federal Antimonopoly Service.
The watchdog sided with Nutricia in its appeal on January 11. Nutricia argued that established food standards restricted the number of tender participants.