ECJ Urged To Clarify Certain Antitrust Notices Aren't Binding

Law360, New York (September 7, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT) -- An adviser to the European Union's highest court suggested Thursday that the European Commission's competition law advisories shouldn't be binding on national antitrust regulators, a holding that would make it harder for Expedia Inc. to challenge a fine from France's watchdog.

The European Court of Justice should hold that the EC's so-called de minimis notice, which lays out a market share threshold the regulator uses to evaluate restrictions on competition, doesn't require national regulators and courts to use the same criteria, according to a nonbinding opinion...
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