Weighing The Repeal Of Oceangoing Antitrust Immunity

Law360, New York (November 24, 2010, 12:01 PM EST) -- The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission issued a Notice of Inquiry on Nov. 1, 2010, calling for information and comments about the effects on international liner shipping of the European Union’s repeal of the liner conference block exemption from competition laws which took effect in 2008. This is the first U.S. examination of the European removal of the long-standing and unique antitrust immunity that had governed international transportation by sea for almost 100 years.

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