WTO Concludes Some Airbus Subsidies Illegal

Law360, New York (May 18, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT) -- The World Trade Organization Appellate Body on Wednesday mostly affirmed a panel decision that European subsidies to Airbus SAS were inconsistent with WTO rules while reversing other portions, leading both the U.S. and European Union to claim victory for their side.

The Appellate Body's 669-page report upheld the panel's finding that aid provided to Airbus by France, Germany, Spain and the U.K. to launch new models of aircraft violated WTO rules. However, the ruling reversed the panel's finding that other financing measures by EU countries constituted...
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