Latest Assignments

TRINITI JUREX defended the interests of a farmer - meteorological conditions may be recognized as a force majeure situation

Extreme meteorological conditions in agriculture can now be recognized as a force majeure situation. Such a decision was made by the Supreme Court of Lithuania in a case in which we represented a Lithuanian farmer against the buyer of agricultural products UAB Agrosfera.

And this is the first time in the country’s courts’ practice, when our firm’s Associate Partner Marius Tamošiūnas, Senior Associate Laimonas Stančikas and the team managed to prove that the farmer’s contract was not fulfilled due to unfavourable natural conditions, which were force majeure circumstances.

World climate change and the resulting extreme natural disasters do not bypass Lithuania. In the last few years, the country has repeatedly declared an emergency situation due to heavy rains or drought.

Until now, however, the prevailing view in agriculture has been that contract terms due to force majeure were a mere formality and it was not realistic for farmers to take advantage of these terms in the face of natural disasters. We are glad that the situation has changed and farmers have more legal opportunities to defend their interests.  

Consult with us if you are not sure about the conditions in your contracts.

Insurance law advice to a leading Estonian film producer

TRINITI advised the largest Estonian new generation film production company Nafta Films in an insurance matter during the making of their spy thriller O2. The leading male actor Priit Võigemast injured his ankle during the shooting of the film in Finland which brought along changes to the shooting timetable and extra costs. TRINITI attorneys-at-law Tõnis Tamme ja Klen Laus advised the client and later also had an opportunity to participate as extras in some of the scenes of the movie.

TRINITI JUREX defended TERMOLINK's request that the general contractor should pay for additional work

Additional work in the construction sector is a very common situation. Unfortunately, it is not always resolved peacefully. We congratulate our client UAB TERMOLINK and the firm’s attorney at law Artūras Vaišvila and the team for achieving the victory. They managed to prove to the court that the general contractor must pay for additional works, the performance of which has been formalized by a unilateral act.

The court argued that it is the general contractor who takes the risk that all the necessary construction works will be included in the technical project and other construction normative documents. If it is established that the constructor has carried out works that were really necessary to achieve the right result, that the results of that work are being used, that no defects in the performance of those works have been proved, the general contractor shall pay for such works.  

TRINITI JUREX proved that Remigijus Šeris and Telecentras did not humiliate the honour and dignity

Cases of honour and dignity are delicate, sensitive, and, in most cases, public. Firm’s partner Jurgita Judickienė together with the team recently defended the interests of our clients: the Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre “Telecentras” and its CEO Remigijus Šeris. Lawyers proved that the former president of the Lithuanian Business Confederation Valdas Sutkus got offended unreasonably.

Two years ago, in an article on www.15min.lt, Šeris told about some unpleasant encounters with Sutkus and his widely discussed words “daloj Šeris” (take away Šeris – in Russian). Sutkus applied to the court for insulting his honour and dignity, however, the Vilnius Regional Court acknowledged in its final ruling that all the statements expressed in the article correspond to reality and do not humiliate Sutkus’ honour and dignity. The court also ordered to reimburse all litigation costs incurred by both Šeris and the Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre. Congratulations on an honourable victory!

Please, read a detailed story (in Lithuanian) here.

TRINITI JUREX defended restaurant group Fortas against the insurance company's claim for damages

We represented the restaurants’ group Fortas, who disagreed with the claim for damages from the insurance company. In one of the restaurants located in Vilnius entertainment and business center, the cold-water hose of the tap broke at night and water flooded both the rented restaurant and other premises of this center. The insurance company indemnified the building owner and other affected entities, but in a recourse, demanded our client to compensate for the insurance payments. 

Congratulations to Agnė Varnelienė and the team: the court completely rejected the insurance company’s claim. Our lawyers were able to persuade the court not to follow the usual case practice but to assess the balance of responsibilities between the tenant of the premises and their owner, who would be affected by the flooding, established in the lease agreement. Here is the case when a well-prepared lease agreement is very helpful!

Acquisition of Empower Group by Enersense International Oyj

TRINITI advised Enersense International Oyj, a company specializing in implementing zero-emission energy solutions, in the acquisition of the Baltic subsidiaries of Empower Group. The emerging Enersense-Empower aims to become a major player serving Nordic and international companies in the industrial, energy and telecommunications sectors. The TRINITI Baltic legal team was led by partner Tõnis Tamme. Read more

Co-operation of Investment Agency and Prudentia

One of the oldest M&A advisories in Estonia – Investment Agency and Prudentia, a leading Latvian corporate finance consultant concluded co-operation agreements to jointly provide corporate finance and M&A advice to private clients in the Baltics under the common Prudentia brand www.prudentia.ee. TRINITI partner Tõnis Tamme and Attorney-at-Law Siim Maripuu advised Investment Agency in contract negotiations. Read more

TRINITI won a case on the revocation of the trademark registration

The case involved a dispute between Westlake Chemical Corporation, a U.S. company, owning the EU trademark WestLake, and Zhongce Rubber Group Company, a worldwide tire manufacturer and the owner of the international figurative trademark WestLake. The latter was represented by TRINITI lawyers. The applicant sought the revocation of the registration of Zhongce Rubber Group Company’s trademark as the trademark WestLake had not been used in Lithuania for more than 5 years. The court stated that the evidence presented in the case clearly confirms the fact that the defendant’s trademark was used in Lithuania, publicly advertised and visible to all current and potential consumers, therefore dismissed the claim.

TRINITI represented a client in hotels acquisition in Lithuania

Legal advice was provided to the client during the acquisition of shares of a group of companies managing several hotels in Lithuania. The deal had a foreign element and required profound and comprehensive knowledge of various fields of law as well as coordination of the documents with the securities account manager. TRINITI team is proud to have contributed to successful completion of the deal. The transaction is expected to have a positive effect on the hospitality market.

TRINITI represented a client before the General Court of the EU

TRINITI represented Scorify UAB, a Lithuanian company that uses AI to predict consumer habits, against Scor SE, one of the world’s leading reinsurers, in trademark registration case before the General Court of the EU. Scorify filed its logo for registration as a trademark for various real estate, financial and insurance services.

The General Court ruled that Scorify’ logo is not distinct enough from that of Scor SE in relation to part of the filed insurance services and that there was a likelihood of confusion. Consequently, the Court refused to allow Scorify to trademark its logo for part of the services related to insurance. However, the trademark registration remains valid for other services related to real estate.

Please contact Vilija Viešūnaitė for more information.