Appeal dropped under charity foundation's lawsuit against publisher
MOSCOW, February 16 - RAPSI. The Moscow City Court has stopped considering the decision in the Federal Charity Foundation's lawsuit against the Kommersant publishing house and actress Chulpan Khamatova. The case has been returned to the first-instance court, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/raspinews.com) reports from the court.
"The case should be stopped and returned to the Tverskoy District Court to correct errors made during its resolution," the court said.
Pursuant to the decision, Kommersant and Khamatova will have to refute her statement that the foundation's trustees have a doubtful reputation. She will also have to pay two million rubles ($66,190) in moral harm. As soon as the errors are addressed, the case will be returned to the Moscow City Court for consideration.
According to the lawsuit, Kommersant published an article in March in which Khamatova assessed the foundation's activity.
"We would like to say the activity of the Give a Life foundation, headed by Khamatova, is so non-transparent and contradictory that her assessment regarding the foundation cannot be partial," the plaintiffs representative Konstantin Kozlov said.
Kozlov reduced the compensation amount on Thursday from 1 million rubles ($33,100) to one ruble ($0.3).
Khamatova's representatives asked to cease the proceedings in the case. They believe the case should be heard by a commercial court, as the dispute deals with protecting a business reputation. The court rejected the appeal, as the dispute does not deal with the fund's activity.
Kommersant, the second defendant, said the claims are farfetched and aimed to distract the attention to the fund. The defendants' representatives plan to dispute the court's decision.