EU High Court Urged To Uphold Alliance Tobacco Cartel Fine

Law360, New York (January 12, 2012, 5:22 PM EST) -- An adviser urged the European Union's highest court Thursday to reject the European Commission's and Alliance One International Inc.'s challenges to a €1.8 million ($2.3 million) tobacco cartel fine, in a case that could have significant repercussions for how antitrust liability is distributed among corporate families.

The European Court of Justice should reject Alliance One's effort to force the regulator to return the 2004 penalty — assessed for a subsidiary's alleged role in a Spanish tobacco cartel — despite the company's arguments that the commission unfairly...
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