TGS Baltic represented successfully Tallinn University of Technology in the dispute against AS Tallinna Vesi

25.06.2024 TGS Baltic represented successfully Tallinn University of Technology in the dispute against AS Tallinna Vesi

TGS Baltic Estonia attorneys successfully represented Tallinn University of Technology in the Supreme Court against Tallinna Vesi AS, whose water prices may have been more expensive than permitted by law in the years 2011-2019. 

In the decision published on June 25, the Supreme Court explained that Tallinna Vesi AS had to establish a water service price that would meet the requirements of the law. Depending on the circumstances, the joint-stock company may be obliged to compensate the difference between the price paid by customers and the price that meets the requirements.

In 2010, an amendment to the law entered into force, due to which water companies must coordinate the price of water service with the Competition Authority of Estonia. In 2011, the Competition Authority did not approve the application of the joint-stock company Tallinna Vesi, finding that the requested price was too high.

The joint-stock company established the price agreed with the Competition Authority only at the end of 2019. In other words, the prices of Aktsiaseltsi Tallinna Vesi between 2011 and 2019 could have been more expensive than permitted by law. Tallinn University of Technology appealed to the court, demanding that Tallinna Vesi compensate the difference between the overpaid price and the legal price within nine years. 

TGS Baltic partner and attorney-at-law Indrek Leppik stated that there are other similar claims. "We are also representing OÜ Salinee in the ongoing dispute at the Harju County Court regarding the recovery of the overpaid water price. The customer has aggregated and filed a claim against AS Tallinna Vesi in the amount of 11,393,826, plus late fees. The decision published by the Supreme Court in the case of Tallinn University of Technology means for us that the customers will most likely receive positive final solutions as the final result of both disputes," said Leppik.

Tallinn University of Technology was represented in the dispute by Indrek Leppik, a partner of the TGS Baltic law firm, and Mari Anne Rohtla, a senior attorney.