EU Court Adviser Wants De Beers Ruling Reversed

Law360, New York (September 17, 2009, 3:53 PM EDT) -- The European Commission was right to enforce a stoppage of sales between international diamond producers De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. and Alrosa Co. Ltd., and the EC should win its appeal of a lower court's decision to the contrary, an adviser to the European Union's highest court has said.

Juliane Kokott, advocate general to the European Court of Justice, said in an opinion issued Sept. 16 that the Court of First Instance erred in determining that the EC's enforcement violated the EU's Proportionality Principal and threw...
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