EU High Court Adviser Backs Lagardere, Vivendi Book Deal

Law360, New York (March 6, 2012, 1:55 PM EST) -- The EU's competition watchdog was correct in approving Lagardere Group's acquisition of Vivendi Universal Publishing in 2004, an adviser to Europe's highest court said Tuesday while urging the court to dismiss a French publisher's challenge to the deal.

Advocate General Jan Mazak of the European Court of Justice submitted an opinion stating that the ECJ should uphold a 2010 opinion by the EU General Court that dismissed Editions Odile Jacob SAS's bid to annul the European Commission's authorization of the acquisition.

The advocate general determined that...
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