Our team has represented the biggest financial institution of the Russian Federation. The claimant had demanded more than 2.1 million EUR (7,369,406 Lt) in damages because of the actions that had been executed in the Russian Federation by one of the financial institution’s employees. After Vilnius regional court stated that it did not have jurisdiction over this claim, the claimant issued an ancillary complaint.
The main issue raised in the ancillary complaint was the application of an Agreement between the Republic of Lithuania and the Russian Federation on Legal Assistance and Legal Relations in Civil, Family and Criminal Cases. The Motieka & Audzevičius team presented valid and reasonable arguments using domestic and foreign law practice and legal base, proving that the Lithuanian courts do not have a right to examine the case.
The Court of Appeal of Lithuania approved the Motieka & Audzevičius team’s arguments regarding jurisdiction and decided to uphold the decision of Vilnius regional court regarding our client. This is an important precedent for choosing a proper court to examine a claim for damages and for elucidation of the Agreement on Legal Assistance. Consequently, the defendant will not have to pay the 2.1 million EUR (7,369,406 Lt) unsubstantiated damages to the claimant.