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Damages related to asphalt cartel: the Supreme Court granted partial leave to appeal to Lemminkäinen and the city of Vantaa
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DAMAGES RELATED TO ASPHALT CARTEL: THE SUPREME COURT GRANTED PARTIAL LEAVE TO APPEAL TO LEMMINKÄINEN AND THE CITY OF VANTAA
The Supreme Court has announced today, that it has granted leave to appeal to Lemminkäinen and the city of Vantaa regarding the legal proceedings concerning the damages related to the asphalt cartel. Concerning Lemminkäinen, there were 13 pending requests for leave to appeal submitted by Lemminkäinen as well as 19 requests for leave to appeal submitted by municipalities in the Supreme Court concerning the Helsinki Court of Appeal’s decisions on 20 October 2016 regarding damages related to the asphalt cartel.
Lemminkäinen was granted leave to appeal in the cases concerning the cities of Mikkeli and Rovaniemi. The leave to appeal concerns the question whether the liability for compensation of Lemminkäinen has decreased due to the fact that the other parties’ liability was time barred. The other applications for leave to appeal by Lemminkäinen will await the decisions to be rendered in the cases where leave to appeal was granted.
The leave to appeal granted to the city of Vantaa concerns the question whether Skanska Asfaltti Oy, NCC Industry Oy and Asfaltmix Oy were liable for damages caused by the cartel to the city based on the fact that the companies had acquired businesses from companies involved in the cartel. The question whether leave to appeal will be granted to Lemminkäinen and to the city of Vantaa, concerning other than the above mentioned issues, will be resolved in connection with the appeal.
According to the Supreme Court’s decisions of today, the applications for leave to appeal of 15 cities or municipalities concerning Lemminkäinen were dismissed entirely. The application for leave to appeal by the city of Espoo will await the decisions to be rendered in the cases where leave to appeal was granted.
On 20 October 2016, the Court of Appeal of Helsinki gave its decisions in the legal proceedings concerning the damages related to the asphalt cartel. Regarding the 37 claims against Lemminkäinen, Lemminkäinen and other asphalt industry companies are entitled to receive reimbursements in total approximately EUR 20 million (consisting of capital amount of approximately EUR 14 million less as well as interest and legal expenses of approximately EUR 6 million less than according to the decisions of the District Court).
Of these reimbursements, Lemminkäinen is entitled to receive refunds (based on Lemminkäinen’s own share and those shares of other defendants that Lemminkäinen has paid) in total approximately EUR 19 million consisting of capital as well as interest and legal expenses. Lemminkäinen recorded the reimbursement as income in its fourth-quarter result in 2016.
Lemminkäinen has as such deemed the claims for damages unfounded. After Helsinki Court of Appeal's decisions, Lemminkäinen has settled with 17 municipalities and the State of Finland. The parties agreed not to request leave to appeal from the Supreme Court or to withdraw their leave to appeal concerning the Helsinki Court of Appeal's decisions.
In addition, Lemminkäinen has been served summons regarding 21 claims against Lemminkäinen and other asphalt companies for damages. The capital amount of these claims is approximately EUR 26 million. For these claims, Lemminkäinen has made a provision worth EUR 5.2 million based on the Helsinki Court of Appeal's decisions.
More information can be found on the company’s website http://www.lemminkainen.com/Lemminkainen/Investors/Lemminkainen-as-an-investment/Asphalt-cartel-issue/
Johan Nybergh, General Counsel
Tel. +358 2071 53304
Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd
Lemminkäinen is an expert in complex infrastructure construction and building construction in Northern Europe and one of the largest paving companies in its market. Together with our customers and 4,700 professionals we employ, we build a sustainable society. In 2016, our net sales were EUR 1.7 billion. Lemminkäinen Corporation’s share is quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. www.lemminkainen.com