EU High Court Urged To Again Nix €19M Solvay Fine

Law360, New York (April 14, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court should toss for the second time a €19 million ($27.5 million) fine against Solvay SA for allegedly abusing its dominance in the soda ash market during the 1980s, an adviser said Thursday.

The fine in the long-running case should be annulled because the European Commission abridged Solvay's rights to defend itself when it reimposed the fine in 2000 after an EU court originally nixed the penalty for procedural reasons, according to Juliane Kokott, advocate general to the European Court of Justice....
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