The Russian gas giant Gazprom has filed a law suit against the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) asking the court to deem illegal an FAS ruling that Gazprom violated the competition law, a Russian Agency of Legal and Court Information (RAPSI) reporter said on Friday. A Moscow arbitration court has set a pre-trial hearing for August 30. In April 2010, the FAS said Gazprom had abused its dominant position by breaching the application processing period of GazEnergo-Alliance Ltd. for access to Gazprom's gas transportation system.
The FAS found that Gazprom granted permission retrospectively in August 2009 and had never denied access to its gas transportation system in April-June. The FAS decided that GazEnergo-Alliance Ltd. had incurred no losses from the delay, but ordered the gas monopoly to stop violating anti-monopoly legislation. RAPSI said the companies declined to comment.