EU, Book Cos. Launch Appeals Over Vivendi Asset Sale

Law360, New York (January 31, 2011, 6:05 PM EST) -- French publishing houses Editions Odile Jacob SAS and Lagardere SCA and the European Commission have all brought appeals to a European Union court over antitrust and divestment issues surrounding Lagardere's acquisition of Vivendi Universal Publishing.

The appeals, which center on the General Court of the European Union's ruling in September that affirmed the EU competition watchdog's approval of the transaction, were filed in November in the General Court but were only recently made public.

Rival publisher Odile Jacob had objected to the deal, saying VUP's assets...
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